We aim to...
- Create a platform where the youth can devise ideas, strategies and solutions that can contribute to reducing plastic debt and plastic pollution.
- Act as a medium for children to implement the ideas, based on the available resources and feasibility.
- Engage children in educational and hands-on activities that will create an all-round awareness and understanding of the existing problem of plastic.
Key Topics Discussed
- The adverse impact of plastic on marine life and the oceans.
- Understanding Plastic: from the origin to its negative implications on our environment.
- Understanding micro plastics and its negative affect on marine life and the food chain.
- Identifying the different categories of waste and how to segregate waste.
- Discussing the solutions: understanding the 4-Rs, and what are some of the behavioral and habitual changes we can adopt.
- Brainstorming some of the habitual changes and solutions we can adopt in our daily lives.
- Discussing innovative solutions that can solve the problem on a global scale.
Q. How does plastic get into our oceans?
A. "Plastic when disposed from our households, ends up into landfills, and other water bodies, which then directs it towards our oceans."
Q. What does business and industry need to do to help our plastic pollution problem?
A. "Businesses and industries must reduce the production of single-use plastics, especially for packaging products. And they must recycle all other plastic that has been produced by them."
Q. What does government need to do to help our plastic pollution problem?
A. "The government should charge fines on the use of plastic.Additionally, they should spread awareness amongst the people to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic.
Q. What scene from the film most personally affected you? Why?
A. "The scene that affected us the most was when different creatures were trapped in plastic and were struggling to get out. And some others were seen consuming plastic, thinking it was food. We were affected because this garbage was thrown by us humans."
Q. What are some ways we can galvanize our community to solve our plastic pollution problem?
A. "We can be an example for our community and encourage the people to use alternatives to plastic such as cloth bags, steel bottles and say no to single-use plastics. Additionally, we can organise awareness campaigns and workshops to educate the people about the intensity of the problem."
Some of the key alternatives suggested by the students were:
- Lamination Sheets - Waste Plastic Bags
- Plastic Straws - Stainless Steel Straws
- Plastic Bottles - Steel and Copper Bottles
- Plastic Bags - Cloth or Jute Bags
- Cutlery - Bamboo or Wooden or Steel Cutlery
- Plastic Tapes - Glue
- Sanitary Pads - Reusable Cloth Pads
- Plastic Pens - Bamboo Pens or Pencils
- Dustbins - Steel or Wooden Bins or use waste Cardboard boxes
- ID Cards - Use digital ID cards instead
- Plastic Toys - Wooden Toys
- Plastic Chairs - Wooden or Metal or Jute Chairs
What is the solution?
- The first step we can take is refuse or avoid using plastic where it is not necessary.
- We should bring a habitual shift and instead of plastic, use items such as cotton, jute, wood, paper, etc. on a day-to-day basis, that are reusable and biodegradable in nature.
- We need to conduct regular clean-up drives across our city to ensure that all waste plastic is being sent off for recycling and not piled on our streets.
- We should organise workshops for all members of our community to educate them about the plastic problem in detail.
- The youth should brainstorm and innovate solutions that can solve this problem on a global level.
- We should ensure that all waste in our households are segregated before being disposed.
- We should organise more 'Best-out-of-waste' competitions in schools, to ensure that plastic waste is being put to best use.
- We should avoid the maximum use of plastic, which will then lead to lower production of plastic by industries and factories.
Designing Community Awareness Campaigns
The students were asked to prepare a plan on how they will approach each section of their community and educate the people about the importance of sustainable plastic consumption and disposal and waste management. Children took to using creative mediums such as creating posters, banners, movie scripts, theatre plays etc. to talk about the problem
Letter to the Government...
" Respected Sir / Ma'am,
I am Arham Bothra studying in Fountainhead School, Surat. I wrote this letter to you when I came to know that the usage of plastic has highly increased. That's why I want to ask you if you can be more strict and fine if people still continue to use plastic illegally. This way we can ensure that we save our Earth one day.
Some ideas I would like to propose are:
- If you inform a customer care number or recycling center number to the local public it will be really helpful.
- By increasing the tax on plastic, more people will stop using it.
- The government should motivate the youth of the country to lead the movement to change our future.
Now, your measures and step will ensure that our future is safe.
Fountainhead School, Surat "
Social Media Campaigns
The students found an effective and a positive way to use social media by designing creative campaigns, with catchy and informative captions and hard-hitting visuals, to spread the message on the plaguing problem of plastic.
A world without plastic would be....
" A world without plastic is a miracle of fresh clean resources. People walking with cloth, paper and jute bags. Products are getting packaged in paper and home facilities present in wooden materials. Refuse, Reuse, Recycle and Reduce will be the golden rule of the world. Animals will be in a large amount. The world would be safe and comfortable without plastic."
- by Dhyana and Preyasi; Grade 6
" If there was no plastic, the Earth will stay healthy and clean. There would be no diseases and people would live a healthier life. No more toxics would enter our seas and oceans and our sea animals would live in cleaner oceans. No one will be harmed because of plastic..."
- by Freya and Dhruvi, Grade 6
Eco-friendly Tube Lights
The idea proposes that the main materials used in the making of the body of the tube light should be steel, wood, rubber and glass. This will ensure that plastic is completely eliminated. And when the tube lights are disposed they will be biodegradable in nature and can be effectively recycled and reused to make new tube lights.
Alternative for Water Purifier
The outer layer of the Purifer will be made of Rubber. While the inner parts including the buttons will be made of Steel. The use of this purifier will also ensure that people stop using single-use plastic bottles, and instead carry refillable bottles.
Alternative for Soap Gel Container
The container of the soap gel will be made of rubber / steel and the cap will be made of steel. The soap gel itself will not be made of micro-beads of plastic. Instead it will be made of natural products such as water, honey, flowers etc. Customers can go and refill their containers every time their soap gel is over.
Plantable Wooden Chairs
by Freya and Dhruvi
The wooden chair will have a water tank installed on the backside. Behind a headrest a small space will be created for the plants. A pipe will go from the water tank to the plants, ensuring they are supplied with water. The water in the tank will be recycled water, which may have been used earlier for other purposes.
The Anti-Plastic Squad of Surat
Preyasi, Riddhi and Prisha of Grade 6 organised a clean-up drive post the workshop, to spread awareness and clean their community in Surat.
" We were inspired by the Blue workshop we attended and we wanted to take some action for the knowledge we gained from it. We wanted to create an impact and spread awareness by showing people that we can take small actions to make the world a better place to live in. We were very passionate about it. Our main motto was to clean the natural environment and save it. By conducting this, we can at least create an impact on our local level. The first drive was successful and we hope that this success will remain for further drives too. We would really like to thank the people who volunteered for it and supported us. Together, we will make a cleaner future! "