PRE EVENT REPORT:
“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul. “- Alfred Austin.
The above quotation unquestionably holds true and here is Mata Sundri College For Women with an event “ADAPT” (Adopt a Plant) to transpire on 4th September 2014- an initiative by Leaders For Tomorrow- to tell people about how environment degradation is spreading it’s wings and what’s the need of the hour.
The preparations for the event are in full swing. From posters to notices everything is perfectly in there place. As per one of the notices to individuate ADAPT people from others, the participants were asked to wear either green or white color t-shirt.
First year psychology students on being questioned whether they like the college environment or not and what do they think about this initiative taken up by LFT, Gurmeet, Anushka and Manpreet said “As a student we really like the environment of our campus it’s green and clean. We personally think that adapt is one of the great event it would not only help us make the environment greener but people much more aware about the need to conserve because it’s not just one leader that counts it’s about individual efforts and their contributions.”
When the same question was asked from first year b.com honours students, Simran, Narang and Sonalika Sood said that they’re glad that at last a chance is coming where they can serve the society and also considering the deteriorating condition of the environment, such events are extremely useful. All the students are in full zest to fete the event. The seniors are also constantly calling attention of the students to mark their presence and aid making a difference to the society where environment is being neglected and environment downgrading is taking place at an ever increasing rate.
MAIN EVENT REPORT:
What we stand for is what we stood on. Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are seeds. You can grow flowers or you can grow weeds. You can cover the whole earth with asphalt but sooner or later green grass would break through.
The people who care about the world will resonate with its purity. Don’t wait for extraordinary circumstances to act, try to use ordinary situations. An activist is not the man who says the river is dirty but it is the one who cleans it up. Mahatma Gandhi once said that you must be the change you wish to see in the world. This spirit of taking a step and contributing towards helping the environment to come out of its state of depletion is showcased by the volunteers of Leaders For Tomorrow.
ADAPT, which was organized by members of Leaders for tomorrow was held on 4th September at Deen Dayal Upadhay Park. The amazing weather conditions acted as an advantage as students were gathered in large number. The recent rains made the park pretty much a sight for sore eyes with its lush green trees and grass which had further decorated banners.
Students were in high spirits and participated in the various competitions like tattoo making, slogan writing, etc. with great enthusiasm. The first competition was the tattoo making competition. Beautiful and intricate leafy designs from philosophy honours were the winner of the tattoo making competition.
The second was slogan writing competition in which students were asked to come up with creative slogans about conservation of plants. Yati Kedia, a first year student from psychology honours was the winner of the slogan making competition and her slogan was “Green Green all around, save the environment raise your sound, plant a tree on the ground”.
The third was personal experience competition in which participants shared their personal experience or memories with plants. Aarti Jain a first year student from psychology honors won the competition by sharing with us how she gave life to a tomato plant.
After declaration of winners, the saplings were brought and planted. About 50 saplings were planted.
While planting saplings some volunteers shared their views about this event. Sukriti a student from psychology honors shared that it was almost a ritual for her as she plants a tree on her every birthday. Alisha from B.Com honors said that it was a very noble gesture taken up by the college and felt proud of herself for being associated with it. Farhana from Psychology Honors felt that adapt was bound to bring a change and help spread awareness about its cause. Palak from psychology honors said that as members of LFT and as the youth of the country it is necessary for them to participate in all such events. Harleen from philosophy felt that as long as we continued taking such initiatives the future of our country is in good hands, she was also confident about adapt bringing a change.
Niharika from Sanskrit honors gave a speech on ‘why it is time to wake up and bring about a change’. She discussed various environment conservation methods and urged people to follow them.
The event ended with a pledge by girls to spread the message of adapts and follow it sincerely follow it sincerely.
POST EVENT REPORT:
“Zamaane ko badalne ka hausla rakhne wale,
Aksar pehle khud or apne ghar ko badla karte hain”
ADAPT, an event initiated by LFT, was successfully done on 4th September 2014 at Deen Dayal Upadhya Park. Various people around the park witnessed the event and appreciated the efforts of MSC girls.
People were questioned about environment and tree plantation.
Radhika Agarwal who witnessed the whole event said “I was passing through the park where I saw MSC girls planting trees and I got inspired by them. Planting trees is most important factor in our life. People are cutting trees for their own greed and they do not understand that coming generation has to face many problems because of deforestation. I make sure that I will also plant trees”.
Anamika, another girl from MSC and Sadaf Fatima B.Sc maths (hons) couldn’t attend the ADAPT but they appreciated their college mates and promised to plant trees in their locality. Anamika said, “kuch karna hain gar to sahi waqt nahi, bas ek shuruwaat chahiye , Fir dekh ye zaamana to khud ba khud tere sath chalega”
Kritika Loungani B.com (hons) second year who witnessed the whole event was questioned about management, how she felt at the time of event to which she answered that the theme was good, i.e. “green plant” and she felt happy that people were united for a good cause. Shakshi Jain” B.com (hons) who also witnessed the whole event was asked the same questions to which she said that it events like these increase belongingness towards society.
The success of ADAPT was in the air of Mata Sundri College. It changed the thinking of many students of college and now they are encouraged to plant trees and also contribute towards environment by other possible means.
Interviews: Prachi Sharma, Titiksha Paul and Tamanna Rajpal.
Pre event report: Vrinda Bagga
Main event report: Titiksha Paul, Hanika Khanna, Prachi Sharma and Tamanna Rajpal
Post event report: Anjali Rani and Anamika.
Photography: Vrinda Bagga and Namrata Sarkar.