February 28 is celebrated as the National Science Day in India and is an opportunity for various agencies for promoting science, education and its communication in the country. The day is chosen to mark the discovery of Raman Effect by Sir C.V. Raman on February 28, 1928, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1930.
Recently, on the occasion of the National Science Day 2011, the Dept. of Environment, Govt. of NCT of Delhi inaugurated an exhibition on Science models/projects made by school children/NGOs/Private firms at Dilli Haat, Pitampura. The objective of the event was to create interest among students towards science, technology and motivate the best minds to enter the field of research and development.
In regard to the same, Indian Environmental Society too exhibited its one of the Environmental Improvement Initiatives i.e. the GLOBE PROGRAM at the venue. The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program, a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program which promotes and supports students, teachers and scientists to collaborate on inquiry-based investigations of the environment. There was a proper display of GLOBE instruments/brochures/books/manuals at the stall. The interaction with the visitors i.e., school students, teachers and others showed keen interest and inclination towards joining the GLOBE program.
The event gave a good platform to inculcate scientific temper among school children and helped to spread the message of importance of science and its application among the people. This is essential to accelerate the pace of development.
In a scenario where India tries to accelerate its development process and cope with increasing energy demands, conservation and energy efficiency measures are to play a central role in our energy policy. A national movement for energy conservation can significantly reduce the need for fresh investment in energy supply systems in coming years. It is imperative that all-out efforts are made to realize this potential. Energy conservation is an objective to which all the citizen in the country can contribute. Each one of us has a role to play in promoting energy efficiency and conservation. The efficient use of energy, and its conservation, is a key element of our national energy policy. Enhanced energy efficiency enables us to not only provide greater access to energy services, especially for the poorest, it also signifies our commitment to clean development mechanism. Energy efficiency improvements provide the additional benefits of lower operating costs and greater competitiveness for the industry.
The message of Energy Conservation is fundamentally one of energy security. The lesser hydro-carbons we consume, the lesser will be the adverse impact on climate, as well as our limited reserves. We owe it to our future generations to conserve our energy resources and lead the country to become a self-sustaining civilization for a country with a large population to attain global leadership. National Energy Conservation Day i.e. December 14th every year is an occasion to rededicate ourselves to an imperative of today, tomorrow and the day after.
In view of the above, Indian Environmental Society organized various activities to celebrate National Energy Conservation Day on December 14th, 2010 at Indian Social Institute, Lodhi Road, New Delhi. The programme was catalyzed and supported by RVPSP, Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi.
Various activities like Nukkad Natak/Exhibition cum Competition of Charts/Models on the theme of Energy Conservation among the school students gave us an opportunity to visit the fertile and imaginative minds of school children across the city and mould their thought process towards attaining energy efficiency and conservation in their day to day routine and practices.