The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it. Each and every one of us can make changes in the way we live our lives and become a part of the solution. Let us all become “Brave Green Warriors” and tread the green path to preserve the globe’s green cover. Let us join Eco-Club “Haritima” the green initiative of S.F.S. It works to create a green ambience and undertakes a number of Eco friendly activities. “Vanmahotsav” is an annual activity undertaken by the Eco-Club where the saplings are planted, adopted and also distributed free of cost. Our school was awarded the Green Delhi Award for promoting green ambience and creating mass environmental awareness.
It is time to start a green crusade. Let each one of us become a conservationist. Let us do our bit by being frugal consumers, vigilant protectors and quit being mere spectators. Let us, on occasions, gift saplings to our near and dear ones instead of expensive items that do not contribute to the environment we live in.
We, at SFS, have been protecting and conserving our Mother Nature. We believe that of all the legacies we can leave behind, a rich environment is the most valuable one.
Fr. Anil George, MSFS
Former Principal (2012-2018)
We desperately need to save our environment from the clutches of pollution, deforestation, desertification, global warming and climate change.
Mother nature says, “I gave you life, now it is your turn to reciprocate. Save me, think green, go green.”
We at SFS have Eco- Club Haritma serving us and creating mass awareness amongst students, teachers, parents, citizens on the adoption of 5 R’s, Reduce Reuse, Recycle, Replenish and Reharness. Saying no to fire crackers, carrying out cleanliness drives, anti-littering programmes, promoting plantation and adoption of trees, sensitizing masses on the saving water, saving energy and creating awareness on the importance of segregation of waste.
Let’s go green and be the change we want to see in the world. Each one of us can make a difference.
Fr. Peter Kujur, MSFS
Former Vice Principal (2015-2017)
St. Francis de Sales Senior Secondary School, Janakpuri, New Delhi plays an important role in creating environmental awareness among the students. I am proud to inform that our school is the leading school in west Delhi where environmental awareness knowledge is imparted to the students and they in turn impart this knowledge to other people. The best example is the recent environmental awareness programme, the school had undertaken by planting saplings and distributing the same to almost 1000 children of the school. Thus the students are made aware of keeping their surroundings green and clean by tree plantation programme. The school also joins in conducting various programmes on World Environment Day every year. Another initiative that the school started this year is Vermicomposting. Already two pits are ready and they are fed with earth worms after the initial preparation. Thus in our own little way SFS school is doing its best to have a green and clean environment in and around the school.
Fr. Emmanuel, MSFS
Former Administrator (2015-2017)
Our common home
We are fortunate to be living on this beautiful and unique planet called “Earth” with fresh air, a large variety of flora and fauna and life giving water. We are duty bound to use and not abuse this precious gift we have received from God our Creator
Imposing changes or altering the environment may benefit us in short run but it leads to imbalance of nature leading to diseases and destruction. Today’s fast moving world of technology we have already done enough of harm to our environment and to one another due to our lack of knowledge, insensitivity and stubbornness. “The planet earth is rotating spaceship with limited resources on board. We must conserve our life- support system to help us survive.”- (Richard B. Fuller) what kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up? What is the purpose of our life in this world? What is the goal of our work and all our efforts? What need does the earth have of us? It is a high time that we reflect and answer these questions and learns to care for our common home or we may become homeless one day. It is the urgent need of the hour to care of our mother earth. Let each one of us become conservationist- use some of our time and money to promote “green projects.’ Let us reform our habits before forests turn to deserts, rivers to drains and flowers to dust.
An Environmentalist with a Vision
Dear Friend Volunteers,
In 1997 when Delhi was groping in the dark trying to combat the environmental issues and looking for redressal St. Francis Janakpuri, New Delhi launched its Eco-Club Haritima the pioneer club in Delhi to create green ambiance, promote the ethos of conservation and sensitize the students on the five R’s Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Replenish and Re-harness.
Green Delhi, Van Mahotsav (Plantation and distribution of free saplings), Green Rally’s, Clean City, Swachh Bharat Abhyan, Class, School, City, Yamuna Cleanliness Drives, Personal Hygiene, Community Hygiene (developing sensitivity quotients), NukkadNataks against open defecation for slum dwellers, Campaigns against leaf burning, Vermi-compost Project, Composting to create manure for school lawns, Rain Water Harvesting, Save Water (every drop is precious activities), Sanitation Drives, Hand Washing – Sanitation Activities, Anti-Fire Cracker Campaign (NukkadNataks signature campaigns), Eco-Diwali, Eco-Holi, sale and use of Eco-Friendly natural colors – ‘KheloHoli Naturally’, Saving Energy (switching off fans and lights when not in use), Recycling Paper, Waste Segregation Project, Creating Wealth from Waste, Organizing an array of other Eco-friendly activities as staging NukkadNataks by the SFS NukkadNatak Group, Jingles by the Indian Singing Group, Eco-debates, Eco-quizzes, Slogan Writing, Poster Making, Eco-web designing, Hosting inter school Eco-club meets and activities, Administering Swachhta pledge are only some of the projects/ initiatives/ activities undertaken by it in the last 19 years.
SFS has been the lead Eco-club school working under the aegis of the Department of Environment, Government of NCT of Delhi and Government of India. One of our prime projects is Creating Wealth from Waste – OUR WASTE OUR RESPONSIBILITY where students of each class segregate the waste into three bin bags, the Green for biodegradable waste, Blue for non-biodegradable waste and Red for paper waste. The bio-degradable waste is composted and vermi-composted to make manure for school lawns. The non-biodegradable waste is sent for recycling. The paper waste is recycled in the SFS recycling unit.
SFS Eco-Club Haritima has sensitized its students as Eco-friendly, pro-active conservation crusaders and prepared squads of Eco-Warriors for the nation and the world at large.
Let’s all remember and ponder:
The Earth is not dying, it is being killed those who are killing it have a specific name and address here’s an opportunity for all of us philanthrops, Eco-lovers, sensitized citizens of our nation and the world at large to erase our name and address from this list.
Mrs. Monica Kapur
Founder, SFS Eco-Club Haritima
An Earth warrior
Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of our attitudes and expectations. We are all gifted with a beautiful mother nature but its condition is deteriorating day by day. Every year we are hearing about many diseases like ZIKA, EBOLA etc which are taking many lives all over the world.
We know that we are an integral part of the environment we live in and the solution to many environmental problems lies in our attitude towards environment. The best way to bring about a change in this attitude in society is through children.
Being a part of the SFS Eco Club “Haritima”, we motivate the students to segregate biodegradable, non-biodegradable and paper waste, organise tree plantation drive every year to beautify the road side area with plants, use green rally as a tool for creating awareness among the public on environmental conservation through messages and slogans, encourage the students to celebrate festivals like Diwali, Holi in an eco-friendly manner, save electricity by switching off the tube-lights and fans when not in use, reduce water wastage ,encourage the usage of paper and jute bags, make children understand the importance of environment and its problem areas, conduct an action based activity like cleanliness drives within the school campus, make new products by reusing old things in best out of ways.
“Never think, I will give when I am rich; Just give what you can, while you can”
We can save our environment in a very easy manner with the little steps taken by every person on the earth. So, let us join our hands together and save our planet earth by making it green and clean.
Ms Rachna Arya
Member of SFS Eco Club
A Glimpses of SFS Eco Club “HARITIMA” Activities
Govt & Stake Holders
Dr B.C. Sabata,
Dr Sabata has been associated with SFS Eco-club Haritima activities since it’s inception (1997) and has been providing guidance of assistance in the successful working of SFS Eco club Haritima.
Creates Trust NGO
Creates Trust an NGO with a mission to create a lifelong positive habit in young people towards nature. As we all know it is never too early to teach young people about conversation and respecting nature. We believe that comprehensive education at an early age will eliminate the need to change habits later in life. Our 6 years long journey with Eco-club Haritima of St. Francis de Sales School has been a great one. The students from this lead Eco-club school of west Delhi are not only taught for a brighter future but also to make a bigger contribution towards a greener and cleaner society. A lot have been achieved with the help of management, teachers and the students in saving the nature’s wealth. Under the joint venture “Our Waste Our Responsibility” we have managed to save almost about 4000 kg of paper, 240 kg of plastic and 180 kg of metal from going to landfills.
We thank and look forward to do more in the fight against global warming.
Founder, Creates Trust
HARITIMA MEMBERS CONTRIBUTION