Power Is Not Given To You, You Have To Take It. Proves- Madhu Bhatnagar

The Vice President, Shri Mohd. Hamid Ansari giving away the ‘Earth-Eco Warrior Award’, to one of the awardee, at a function, in New Delhi on June 05, 2008. The Minister of State for Environment and Forests, Shri Namo Narain Meena is also seen.

Madhu Bhatnagar born in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India on April 21, 1949 (59) was a teacher by profession, created an Environmental Education Policy and was the Head of Environment at The Shri Ram School, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi. Her school was the first to implement rooftop rainwater harvesting in 1999, a practice that has since been replicated across the country in at least 2000-odd schools.

She used to work towards getting a dynamic change in young minds for protecting nature. She worked diligently in shaping the minds of school children in protecting wildlife and nature. Bhatnagar believes in the power of children to make a difference to society. This Indian revolutionist has created a Junior Tiger task Force and her students have written letters to influential decision makers and travelled to national parks. She worked to put an end to monkey and sloth bear dances as well.

Head of Environment and Value Education at the Shri Ram School in Vasant Vihar, Delhi, Madhu Bhatnagar spearheaded the campaign for the better environment by mobilizing students. “Catch ’em young” was her motto, empowering students to spread awareness among the families and society. “The most intractable environmental problem marches towards a solution when people get involved,” she said. After joining the Shri Ram School, Bhatnagar started an environmental club known as The Green Brigade. Through this club, the school has been on the forefront of various campaigns like the anti-plastic drive, anti-cracker drive, fighting for banning the use of mongoose hair for paintbrushes, and promoting rainwater harvesting.

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