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“KNOW YOUR PLANT” Contest – Earth Day April 22, 2021 – Dept of Science (KANIKA, Association of Chemistry)

The Department Association for Chemistry, Kanika, Department of Science conducted and online contest, “Know your Plant”. The students of the college was asked to send a photo of any plant in their proximity or neighbourhood and made a write up on the plant. A total of 34 students participated in the contest. All the participants were given participation certificate on submission of feedback forms. Ananya V. , II Semester BCom F/A won the first prize, Jhanvi S., IV Semester BSc (PCM) won the second prize and Harshitha N., IV semester BBA Section A won the third prize in this contest.

The contest could make the students to look at the plants near to them and know its importance. A wide range of plants were identified by students and wrote on its features and uses. In feedback students expressed different ways how they are contributing and are planning to contribute to restore the earth. 95 % chose their contribution as planting trees and plants remaining they showed their concern on plastic pollution and the reducing the use of plastics as their contribution towards restoring the mother earth.

Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First held on April 22, 1970, it now includes a wide range of events coordinated globally by EarthDay.org including 1 billion people in more than 193 countries. It is an international event celebrated around the world to pledge support for environmental protection. The year 2021 marks the 51st anniversary of the annual celebrations. This year’s theme for Earth Day is ‘Restore Our Earth’. In 2009, the United Nations designated April 22 as ‘International Mother Earth Day’. According to the United Nations, International Mother Earth Day is celebrated to remind each of us that the Earth and its ecosystems provide us with life and sustenance. This Day also recognizes a collective responsibility, as called for in the 1992 Rio Declaration, to promote harmony with nature and the Earth to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations of humanity.

This day provides an opportunity to raise public awareness around the world to the challenges regarding the well-being of the planet and all the life it supports.

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