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Shiv Nadar School Students ask ‘Why do we have to live like this’

Gurugram, November 11, 2019: Stressing on the fact that this year, after Diwali, Delhi NCR witnessed alarming levels of air pollution and smog, forcing the Honourable Supreme Court of India to call it a public health emergency, the students of Shiv Nadar School Gurugram have sent a letter highlighting the toxic air quality in their city.

Citing the preamble of our constitution – that promise ‘Justice – social, economic and political’ to all citizens, the students of Shiv Nadar School, Gurugram have addressed a letter to Prakash Javadekar, Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change. The letter highlights the alarming levels of air-pollution and smog in Delhi-NCR region and urged the leaders to address this life-threatening emergency – calling this situation as tantamount to a denial of social justice that the constitution has promised to us all.

The students vociferously ask the leaders ‘Why do we have to live like this?’ But at the next moment humbly request their leaders to take full responsibility for this dire health emergency and work with all stakeholders to solve this problem effectively and permanently.

Talking in the same vein they suggested that the government should introduce a performance report card – like the one the students have to grade their performance every year – to keep track of the progress made by the concerned ministry in curbing this life threatening menace of toxic air pollution.

The Shiv Nadar School endeavours to create a stimulating and enriching environment to mould young minds and guide them into becoming ethically and morally responsible citizens and life-long learners. Guided by this philosophy, the students at Shiv Nadar School carry out different energy conservation projects across the year. Some of these have included developing a plant-based air purifier and designing an intelligent traffic signal leading to reduced emission with better traffic management, among others. Recently, after the air quality index reached ‘hazardous’ level, students conducted sensitization workshops to discuss the various steps that individuals can take to help combat this problem.

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