After an impactful summit in Hyderabad, The Behtar India Go Green City Summits moved to the city of Chennai.The Behtar India Go Green City Summits invites schools to participate in this noble initiative and recycle maximum amount of paper. The top performing school of Chennai, Shree Niketan Patasala, recycled 16,834.5 KGS of paper and hence won the chance to host the summit.
The event began with a welcome song performed by the students of Shri Niketan Patashala, opening the stage for the anchor to host the event. Ritika Jhanji Jagtiani has been the anchor of the summits from the very beginning. She addressed and welcomed the audience. She then invited the Director of the host school on the stage who explained the necessity of environment conservation and recycling, a goal which the school had been diligently working towards.
The anchor then took to the stage where she discussed and interacted with the students about the relevant problems that Chennai faces and what steps they should be taking to counter these problems, thus setting the stage for the Behtar India Go Green City Summits panel discussion. The panel discussed and shared their opinions over possible solutions to the problems faced and how to make the beautiful coastal city of Chennai greener, cleaner and healthier. Arun Krishnamurti, Founder, Environmental Foundation of India, spoke about the impact of cleaning lakes in India. Also, Vidya Amarnath, Director of Paterson Energy discussed about using plastic waste to make fuel as the subsidized version of diesel. The panel also spoke about taking social responsibility seriously.
The anchor then opened the floor for questions to the panelists, where students showed great curiosity and involvement in understanding the importance of a sustainable environment, which showed their enthusiasm.
After the discussion, a special Bharatanatyam dance was performed by students from Shri Niketan Patashala. This was followed by the oath taken by Atul Yadav for a Behtar India. DAV school presented a group song followed by the anchor inviting Mr. Manoj Kumar, Regional Manager of Hero Cycles, to address the crowd. Later, students of Sri Shankara Vidyalaya performed a group song.
The summit turned out to be very insightful. The impact could be gauged by the enthusiasm and dedication of the students towards understanding and acting on the most critical issue of environmental conservation.
The Behtar India campaign is a unique social collaborative responsibility initiative that aims at bringing together schools students, corporates and citizens towards discussing the problems and solutions with an aim to build a sustainable environment and future for their city. The main objective of this initiative is to catalyse progressive action towards a sustainable India, a Behtar India, through work in the fields of health, hygiene and environment.