Nagpur: World Environment Day is an annual event that is biggest and most widely celebrated Global Day for positive environmental action. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 on the day that United Nations Conference on the Human Environment began. This day is observed to create global awareness about environmental problems the world or a specific country is facing. Many activities take place all year round, but end in a grand finale on June 5 every year, involving everyone from everywhere. This year, the theme of the celebration is “Fight against the Illegal Trade in Wildlife” which is a great scourge facing the environment.
This, being the Silver Jubilee Year of Raman Science Centre, Nagpur, we celebrated the World environment Day on a grand scale. Various activities and programmes were organized on Monday the June 06, 2016 to celebrate World Environment Day.
The Sit and Draw Contest was organized on June 6, 2016. The Topic for Students of Class I to IV was My Favorite Pet Animal, for students of Class V to VII, My Favorite Wild Animal and for class VIII to X is Wild Life and Eco-System. Other topic which was common to all the categories is Cleanliness Drive of Nag River.
Ashtangahridaya-An exhibition of Medicinal Plants: Products and their uses is also organised. India has a rich and glorious tradition of medicine, surgery and pharmacology. The Ashtanga Hridaya Sangraha of Vagbhata is an extensive treatise on medicine with special emphasis on pharmacognosy. Medicines were derived from three sources in ancient India, i.e. Plants, animals and minerals. This showcased medicinal plants with explanatory details and their products.
Thereafter the exhibition was open for public from 11.30 am to 6.00 pm on June 6, 2016. Nearly 2560 students, general public visited the exhibition.
Popular Science Lectures are a part of every commemorative event at the Raman Science Centre. This year, on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee Celebrations, we commence the Dr. Salim Ali memorial series of Lectures to be delivered every year on World Environment Day. This year’s lecture was on the topic “Conservation of Forest and Wild life” which was delivered by Prafulla Sawarkar of Bombay Natural History Society.
An open House quiz followed by the lecture. 150 students of class V to X participated in it. The students were asked the questions based on Environment Science and Indian Wild Life. The successful students were rewarded.