The social forestry department in association with National Green Corps (NGC) conducted camps in almost 200 schools in the region to educate, inspire and motivate children to celebrate the Ganesh festival in eco-friendly way.
Praveen Srivastava, chief conservator of forests and deputy director general, social forestry department, Marathwada region said, "We made a humble beginning by encouraging schools students in eight districts to make eco-friendly Ganesha idols. This attempt needs to be scaled up to engage professional idol makers and artists to encourage and educate them to adopt natural materials to make the idols eco-friendly."
Srivastava said that there is a need to encourage the use of natural resources to pave the path to sustainable development.
"This message of sustainable development through increased use and acceptance of eco-friendly Ganesha idols should be disseminated to public. Our department will contribute in making the environment clean," he added.