New Delhi, December 20, 2023.

An awareness building programme on the concepts of LiFE at Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh was organised by Sulabh-IIHH, an Environmental Information, Awareness, Capacity Building and Livelihood Programme centre under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC). The programme was held from 16 November to 19 December. Over 1,20,000 students, residents and visitors at Ayodhya took part in the programme, and have resolved to adopt and promote the message of LiFE, of conserving water and energy, reducing waste and single-use plastics, and adopting sustainable food systems and healthy lifestyles.

The LiFE mission, introduced by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi at COP26, is an innovative way to address climate change, while ensuring sustainable development.

As part of the awareness building programme, painting and craft-making competition on the concepts of LiFE was organised in various schools and institutions at Ayodhya. Community awareness programmes on LiFE were held at the Saryu Ghat, temples, and markets to connect extensively with residents and visitors at Ayodhya. A tree plantation was also conducted at different schools and places to encourage people to nurture trees which support all living beings.

The awareness building programme culminated with a mega event on 19 December, at which an exhibition of crafts made by students on the theme ‘waste to wealth’ was held. The student teams who made the best crafts were felicitated and given cash prizes by Dr Unmana Sarangi, Joint Director, Environmental Information Awareness Capacity Building and Livelihood Programme, EIACP, MoEF&CC. The team receiving first got Rs 30,000, second prize was Rs 25,000, third prize was Rs 20,000, fourth prize was Rs 15,000 and fifth prize was Rs 10,000.

At the event, various EIACP centres also exhibited products made by the Green Skill Development Programme participants.