Environment- A Precious surrounding around us consists of living human-beings, plants, animals, birds, insects etc. and non-living things such as soil, water, climate, temperature, sunlight and air, etc. which interact with each other to sustain a life on this earth; is a boon to mankind. Everything goes in a cycle to keep a balance.
In day to day life we tend to forget this important gift of nature to us. On the one hand, the scientific inventions of man have made human life comfortable. On the other hand, these inventions have caused danger for the sustainability of our environment. Global warming is a serious environmental issue. The continuous emission of carbon dioxide by thermal power generating units is the leading cause for the surge in greenhouse gases.
If the natural resources such as water, oil, coal, etc. are used by us without care, one day the world may fall short of these resources and may complicate human life.
With the aim to bring awareness of a cause to the children who are tomorrow’s citizens a discussion started during my art classes. In order to save the environment one needs to be aware of what you are doing, buying, using, and what it does to the environment and what you can do to save environment-
- We must spend time amidst Nature. We’ll feel great playing in the fresh air!
- Save electricity to help save the environment. There are many easy ways to use less electricity. The simplest thing is to remember to turn the lights off when you leave a room. Buy electronics gadgets with more stars rating.
- Water is a precious component of our environment. It should never be wasted or polluted. Efforts should be made to significantly reduce both domestic and industrial usage and disposal in water bodies.
- Reduce, Recycle and Reuse- Firstly reduce the need, some items can be recycled, such as newspapers,cans, and glass and plastic bottles. The waste products should be recycled to make new items for reuse. Domestic and industrial garbage should be segregated as recyclable and non-recyclable before being dumped.
- Make sure we don’t leave our garbage lying around … put it in the recycling or garbage bin where it belongs, to clean up the area where we play.
- Each one of us can contribute towards saving the environment by planting just one tree every month. Trees and plants help to absorb the carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere.
- The use of environment unfriendly materials such as plastic should be discouraged. In the school we must use bags, Art kits, pencil boxes, lunch packs and bottles made out of eco friendly materials like jute, metals, wood etc.
- Safe environmental friendly cars and vehicles should be used. Public transport like buses, metros should be used; car pooling is another desirable option. For short distances people should be encouraged to use bicycles in place of motorised vehicles.
- The use of renewable sources of energy (solar energy) such as water heaters, automobiles, cooking, and traffic lights etc. would help in saving the environment from global warming. More wind mills can also be installed.
Governments at national and international levels have taken various effective steps in order to continue saving the environment and life on the earth. Drawing and painting competitions for the children are one among them. My aim was fulfilled when children of various age groups reflected their ideas through drawings to save environment which not only conveyed the message but also gave me satisfaction that I could make 1000 children aware of this cause. Inspired by the children’s work I made a painting on a big canvas of 5ftx5ft to reflect the beauty of the environment and have also given a caution note by showing the existence of paper birds in future.
Rupsi Chauhan is working in Kendriya Vidyalaya D.R.D.O Bangalore as an Art Education teacher for the past 15 years for the promotion of drawing skills and creativity in children. Her art curriculum consists of topics related to current issues on Environment and Energy to bring awareness in the minds of the young ones. She has served as a judge in various art competitions and is a member of the panel for selection of art teachers in local schools. Twice she was invited as art educator from India to the Art Festival held in Washington D.C, U.S.A.in 2012 and 2015. She has made a 6.38 minute 2D animation film on Nurture Nature. She is a science graduate and studied Art from Kala Kendra, Dehradun (BFA) . She has served as a resource person for the in-service course for art education teachers held in January 2016 at ZIET, Mysore. She has written six articles on different aspects of art for NIE, Times of INDIA in the past four years.