GUWAHATI, April 29 � With the objective of creating awareness at the grassroots, Aaranyak in association with Sankardev Sisu Niketon, Dadara observed World Earth Day�2012 recently with villagers and school children in three adjoining villages Dadara, Pasaria and Singimari.
As part of the programme, a candle light procession was taken out to mobilize mass support to save the planet on World Earth Day. The �Green oath� signature campaign attracted mass villagers and they expressed their enthusiasm to be part of the efforts to protect nature.
The �Green Oath� signature campaign continued on both days. The organizers also conducted a drawing competition for school children on the theme �Mobilizing the Earth�. A public meeting was held on the occasion and it was attended by large number of school children and local villagers.
Paresh Das, principal of Sankardev Sisu Niketon delivered a brief talk on �Green Oath�and under his guidance children and the villagers took the oath. Purnima Devi Barman an environmental educator and a wildlife biologist of Aaranyak and a lecturer in Handique Girls College briefed the audience about the importance of Earth day and the history behind its celebration.
Cultural programmes saw the rendition of songs like O mordharitri aai..saronote diba thai� in relation to Earth Day. Eco friendly bags were distributed among villagers to introduce eco friendly habits amongst the participants.
It is to be noted that Aaranyak has been extensively working on these three villages since the last four years for protecting the endangered bird the Greater Adjutant Stork. These villages and particularly Dadara is the hub of this world�s rarest species of Storks. With Continuous awareness programme the villages have come to accept this bird on their backyard as their own.