GANDHIJI “AN ICON OF ETHICS AND PRINCIPLES”
Gandhiji’s environmentalism, was based on various ethical principles such as : non-violence, practicing and preventing truth, shunning the use of materials obtained by illegitimate means, celibacy- as a means of population control, neither coveting or amassing materials and wealth beyond one’s need, sanitation of body, mind and surrounding, contentment with available resources austerity, introspection and meditation and even fasting for self purification and any dereliction of duties towards nature including human beings. In this process he controlled himself by himself, because, being a yogi, he had complete control over his body and mind. He did not preach anything anything that he did not practice himself. Other principles followed by him were emancipation and empowerment of women, and the welfare of poorer sections of the society. These principles, those Gandhiji adopted ultimately gave him an internationally acclaimed acceptance of a great pacifist, a democrat, a defender of rights and privileges of downtrodden and of women and last but not the least, a social and economic environment.
OUR GREEN MOVEMENTS
Taking this message of Bapu we planned our “Green Movements”. It is an effort to create awareness and take care of our environment. We started our activities with tree plantation. We planted trees in school and surrounding area. It was a joint programme with the help of Ankleshwar Environmental Preservation Society. Our motto is “Right tree at right place”. The team along with other students visited industrial area, housing societies, public places. They distributed paper bags, posters and interacted with the people.
OUR LEAVE WITHOUT TRACE CAMPAIGN
“we like to have an enjoyable bath, but don’t mind dirtying the well tanks and river, by whose side of in which we perform ablutions. These practices should be considered as a great vice, which is responsible for the disgraceful state of our villages and the sacred bank of sacred rivers and for the diseases those spring due to the lack of sanitation”.
—— Mahatma Gandhi
Ankleshwar is situated near river Narmada and it is the life line of Gujarat. Ankleshwar is also a hub of chemical industries and is one of the most polluted cities in India. In order to keep the river clean we started our “Leave without trace campaign”. The team and other students visited the Narmada bank. They did the awareness program. The students met the Additional District Collector of Bharuch district. We discussed the matter regarding the pollution and requested him to take firm steps to stop water pollution. The students even met the people explained them about the cleanliness program. The team cleanup the river bank.
WATER CONSERVATION DAY:
The team observed “Water Conservation Day” in the school. An awareness program was conducted and the students explained the need of water conservation.