Kalam chosen India's Environment Ambassador in student poll

As delegates meet in Copenhagen to discuss ways to curb global warming, Kalam will be felicitated tomorrow as 'Bharat ka Paryavaran Ambassador' by Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh at a function here.

The vote for India's Environment Ambassador Campaign was initiated by the Environment Ministry's Centre for Environment Education to generate awareness on climate change and sustainability issues.

Launched by President Pratibha Patil on the World Environment day on June 5 last year, at least two lakh students responded to the campaign implemented in 15 languages, asking the voters to select any individual who they find perfect to lead the movement.
Though there were no categories for the section of capable candidates, some 1.5 lakh students preferred Kalam as their choice. The father of India's missile programme is known to regale children at various events with his inspirational talks during his presidentship and even after that.

"No wonder that the students thought him a perfect candidate who can work for environment issues and can make people understand the implication of climate change," said an official of the Centre for Environment Education.

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