Pune, July 25th, 2019: In the year 2000, Bittu Sahgal, a renowned wildlife enthusiast and environmental activist, founded Kids for Tigers, an educational outreach programme. The programme was started with the intent of facilitating nature walks, festivals and workshops for rural and urban kids of India. From urban cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bangalore, the Kids for Tigers branched out into more towns and cities, reaching out to over one million children.
The Kalyani School had the honour of launching Kids for Tigers in our school, amidst well-known stalwarts of environmental activism on July 23rd, 2019.
The event was attended by distinguished guests namely Deepak Dalal, Bittu Sahgal, Dr. Parvesh Pandya, Bikram Grewal and Madhu Bhatnagar. The audience comprised teachers and principals of other schools, along with a few students from the senior grades.
Deepak Dalal, a children’s storywriter, nature lover and outdoorsman, was the chief guest at the event. He addressed the audience, highlighting the importance of how schools with the help of teachers and students can bring about change. He also read out an excerpt from Greta Thurnberg’s revolutionary speech, a clarion call, seeking immediate action to combat climate change.
This was followed by an audiovisual presentation by Dr. Parvesh Pandya and Bittu Sahgal. The presentation drew attention on the necessity of the hour – listening to nature.
Bikram Grewal then took the audience through his presentation, a glimpse of the varied bird and animal species of India. He also showcased the work of some environmental activists of Nagaland, who are struggling to prevent the hunting of the incredible Amur Falcon, a migratory bird.
Madhu Bhatnagar, who also happens to be a Kalyani School resource for Environmental Education, in her speech reiterated the need to urgently address the environmental concerns that are destroying the planet, every second.
All presentations were followed by questions from the enthusiastic audience which were answered by the dignitaries.
The event ended with the dignitaries and participating guests signing the scroll with messages that sent out a strong call, on saving the tiger from extinction.