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Delhi 2010 encourages students to Go Green

New Delhi: The Organising Committee Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi (OC CWG Delhi 2010) is cognisant of the impact that big sporting events have on the environment and to combat such adverse impacts it has focused on Prioritising Environmental Issues and Concerns in planning and delivery of the Games and spreading Ecological Awareness among its stakeholders. The OC CWG Delhi 2010 made its presence felt at the 9 annual Eco-club Meet, through its “Green Commonwealth Games kiosk”. The meet was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi, Smt. Sheila Dixit. The Eco-club meet involving eco-clubs schools and colleges of Delhi organised by the Department of Environment, Government of NCT of Delhi is an exhibition of eco-friendly techniques and artifacts developed by various eco-clubs of schools / colleges, NGOs and environment groups. This year, the Eco-club Meet was held at National Bal Bhawan, Kotla Road, ITO, from 12-15 January 2010, where the Sustainability and Environment Functional Area of the OC CWG Delhi 2010, participated to showcase the green initiatives undertaken/planned to achieve the objective of the first ever Green Games. Through this event the Green Games team also leveraged the platform provided by the Eco-club Meet to spread eco-consciousness among the students. In this context, a slogan writing competition was organised for School and College students with the theme “Environment Protection and Sports” at the ‘Green Commonwealth Games’ kiosk. On the first day of the event itself, hundreds of school students participated. Also, on the second and third days of the eco-club meet Green Quiz was organised and surprise gifts were distributed to the winners. The cheerful presence of the official mascot of Delhi 2010 “Shera” entertained the students, visitors and organisers alike. The meet had cultural programmes like skits, plays, songs, dances on the different themes of environment. Mrs. Dixit commemorated the event by encouraging students to take care of their environment and ensure judicious use of precious natural resources. Other key attendees were Mr. Dharmendra (Secretary, Department of Environment, GNCTD), Mr. D. M. Shukla (Conservator of Forests, Forest Department of Delhi), Senior Scientific Officers and Research Officers of Delhi Government.