As many as 130 children, between 9 and 15 years of age, took a pledge to preserve the environment in their surroundings and asked their parents to do so too here on Monday.
The Department of Women and Child Development, in association with the District Bal Bhavan Committee, had organised a clay modelling programme for children attending the 20-day summer camp at the Bal Bhavan.
This was organised on the occasion of World Earth Day. B.V. Nandish, Assistant Director, Department of Youth Empowerment and Sports, inaugurated the programme and stressed upon the need for conservation.
Many children said they would plant and nurture saplings, water plants on either sides of roads near their residences and schools and ask their parents and teachers to strive to preserve nature and ecology.
Many called ‘Saalu Marada Thimmakka’ a role model. The children made idols, objects and artefacts with clay under the guidance of Mysuru-based artiste Govind.
The camp, that commenced on April 8, has been receiving a good response, P. Komala, camp coordinator, told The Hindu.
“The children are being trained in various issues. The programmes are designed to enhance their knowledge. We are taking the children to Kunti Betta of Mandya district, and Himavad Gopala Swamy Betta of Mysuru district on April 25. We will organise a nature walk and other programmes on that day,” she said.