New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit Friday exhorted school children and city residents to abandon the use of plastic and asked them to plant more trees.
Addressing a gathering of school children on Earth Day at her official residence, Dikshit talked about the importance of planting trees and referred to the dangers of using plastic bags.
"Plastic is harmful to society, so plant trees and avoid using plastic bags," she said.
She also emphasised upon students and city residents to conserve power and water.
"Protecting earth is every person`s and every country`s responsibility. Climate change is the greatest challenge of our time," the chief minister added.
Later, Dikshit asked children to take a pledge to conserve and preserve the mother earth.
Earth Day is observed every year April 22 and is celebrated in more than 175 countries since 1970.