Press Release: Students rally expresses fear on the alarming levels of air pollution

November 17, 2017 6:20 am Published by Leave your thoughts


Choked Reality, a students’ film on Delhi’s pollution and its sources, released


A day after India celebrated its Children’s Day, more than a 1000 students and teachers from 15 schools from across the Delhi National Capital Region marched around Nehru Park in New Delhi to express their distress on the alarming levels of pollution in the city.


Organized by the United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan (UNIC), Sonalika group and the National Progressive Schools Conference (NPSC), students participating in the event emphasized on the urgent need for Climate Action even as nations try to inscribe CO2 emission targets at the 23rd Conference of Parties in Bonn, Germany.


The March was flagged off by Mr. Rajiv Chandran, National Information Officer, UNIC, Ms. Surbhi Mittal, Director of Sonalika group and Ms. Sadhna Bhalla, Chairperson of the NPSC.


“The pollution is of course a critical issue that has huge implications on the most vulnerable sections of our society, our children. Schools are closed, physical activity is curtailed and exposure to outdoors is restricted. This has a bigger bearing than what we can imagine. We need to speak up against the pollution and act in our own little ways so that this problem can be resolved through a multidimensional action plan engaging many partners. UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, specifically Goals No 3. – Good Health and Well Being, No 4. – Quality Education, No 13. – Climate Action –  all seek to strengthen our commitment on climate action, pollution and the wellbeing of our children,” Mr. Chandran said at the conclusion of the march.


Choked Reality, a students’ film underlining the sources of air pollution in Delhi, was also released at an event following the march. The film was the outcome of a student-driven project to experience firsthand the sources of pollution in the city and report on it. The project saw students from five schools, conducting research, surveys and interviews and developing their scripts to shoot for the 10-minute film. The participating schools were Ahlcon International, DLF Public School, Mira Model School, Salwan Public School and Springdales School (Pusa Road).


The campaign also included a slogans competition. The winning entries, exhibited at Nehru Park, displayed the intellect, talent and emotions with which the students participated in the project.





Students from these five schools addressed a press conference narrating their encounters at different locations in the city. They also voiced their opinion on possible solutions and approaches to tackle the catastrophe.


For further details on this event and project:

Shachi Chaturvedi, UNIC, 9818750007,


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To view the film, Choked Reality:




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