An interactive session on the topic ‘Celebrate Green Diwali: Say ‘NO’ to Firecrackers’ was held on 22 October 2019 for class VI in the 3rd – 4th period in the Seminar Room. In the session lead by Dr. Pawan Tiwari, Assistant Professor, Pulmonary Medicine, AIIMS and his team of three students from Sri Venkateshwara College, University of Delhi, the students learned about the causes and the harmful effects of air pollution, common air pollutants, sources of indoor and outdoor air pollution and common diseases caused by air pollution . They also learned about the various ways to control air pollution, the method to assess air quality, what happens when the air quality index crosses certain limits, the average air quality index of Delhi during different seasons, the causes and harmful effects of smog and the Directives given by the Supreme Court of India to control air pollution.
The students were also informed about the increased levels of pollution caused during Diwali due to the bursting of crackers. Dr. Pawan spoke at length about the need to curb such practices and the various alternatives that can be adopted by the students to do so. He also spoke about the ways to manage air pollution. The session concluded with a quiz organised by the students of Environment Club of Venkateshwar College on air pollution. The winners of the quiz were given the chocolates and pens. On the whole, the session was very informative for the students and helped create awareness in them regarding air pollution and the need to celebrate a Green Diwali, without using crackers.