New Delhi: Students of St. Thomas School, Mandir Marg participated in The Times of India’s ‘No Honking Drive’ initiative. The workshop organised by Manas Foundation aimed at educating students about the effects of noise pollution.

The ‘No Honking Drive’ has been visiting schools as studies show children are most susceptible to excessive noise pollution. The students were attentive throughout the session as they realised the magnitude of threat that noise pollution poses.

The workshop began with an interactive short film which highlighted how humans were destroying the environment, and the backlash it could have in the future.

Veda Chopra of Manas Foundation, which has been helping TOI with the drive, spoke about the different types of noise pollution a child has to bear throughout the day. “Even though the permissible limit of noise is 125 decibels as per the Environment Protection Rule 1999, the rule is flouted very often,” said Chopra.

A presentation was shown to the girls of eight standard of St. Thomas School which highlighted the different decibel levels and showed the major sources of noise pollution. Psychologist Ujjwala Bhandari, who organised the workshop, said events such as these are bound to enhance social responsibility and environment friendly awareness among school students.

“It’s very important for us to stay in places where the decibel level is normal, because our eardrums are very sensitive to noise. We can lose our hearing if we stay in environments where there’s a lot of noise,” she said.

Delhi is ranked fourth on the list of noisiest cities in the country. “Honking can be equated to verbal abusing and is the biggest contributor to sound pollution since it occurs throughout the year,” said Chopra.

The students were asked to write creative slogans to inspire changes towards ending noise pollution and senior English teacher Aparna Chotla stressed on the fact that everyone should do their bit to end noise pollution.

Fourteen year old Anshika Narang who was part of the audience thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. “I stay near the airport and sometimes I can’t sleep because of the noise. It irritates me and affects my work,” she said.

The students took a pledge to reduce sound pollution at every opportunity they get. “We are thankful to TOI for their initiative. Hopefully we will see some change soon,” added Chotla.

This article first appeared in The Times of India, Delhi Edition issue dated 20.08.2016



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