Bhubaneswar: A one-day awareness and advocacy programme on Environment Protection, Sanitation, Plantation, Climate Change & Global Warming for the Youth Red Cross Volunteers & Counsellors was organized today by the Youth Red Cross unit of the Indian Red Cross Society, Odisha State Branch at Red Cross Bhavan, Bhubaneswar. In this programme more than 150 Youth Red Cross Volunteers & Counsellors from different Colleges of Bhubaneswar had participated.

The main objective of the training programme was to promote awareness on Environment protection, Sanitation, Plantation, Climate Change & Global warming among the youth and the community both in campus as well as in the society.

The programme was inaugurated by Dr. Roshan Ara Begum, Director Vocational Education, GoO as the Chief Guest. In her address she said that the Youth Red Cross volunteers can create and intensify the spirit of volunteerism among the youth to increase the public environmental awareness and demonstrate a commitment for environmental protection.

Dr. Chakradhar Panda, Secretary, Youth Red Cross, IRCS-OSB welcomed all the participants and expressed that the youth has the key role to play in bringing about these reforms in society. YRC will be a great platform for the youth volunteers by taking up environmental issues such as global warming and climate change through plantation programmes in their respective areas as well as raising awareness to change sanitation behavior and mitigating environmental pollution.

Dr. C.V. Satya Narayan Rao, Deputy Director State Institute of Health & Family Welfare delivered a talk on Environment Protection and Sanitation. Sri Pravat Mohan Dash, Programme Officer Centre for Environment Studies delivered a talk on Climate Change & Global Warming and Sri Debaraj Panda, Divisional Manager, Odisha Forest Development Corporation, Bhubaneswar delivered a talk on Plantation. Besides, a Group competition was held on how to create awareness among the general public by the volunteers.

The Programme was coordinated by Dr. Debadatta Satpathy, Youth Red Cross Officer.

At the end of the programme participation certificates were given to all the participants by Dr. Chakradhar Panda, Secretary, YRC, IRCS-OSB. The programme was ended with a vote of thanks by Sri Sushil Kumar Pattnaik, YRC Counsellor, RD Womens College.