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Ervis Blue Workshop Oysters International School, Pune

About THE Workshop

With a vision to bring a generational change, the Ervis Blue Workshop aims to not just educate the youth, but to inspire the children between the age group of 6 to 18 years to interact, consume and dispose plastic in a responsible and sustainable way.

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.

pune-our new oyster!

oysters international school, pune

overview

114 Students

1-Day

Age group: 10-13 years

Over 50 ideas and solutions brainstormed

WORKSHOP SESSIONS

students engaged in insightful screening, guided discussions and hands-on, fun and engaging activities that tickled their creative-bone to innovate and brainstorm solutions to tackle the plastic pollution crisis.

PLASTIC AUDIT

Students were asked to conduct a plastic audit a week before the workshop, to assess the plastic consumption patterns in their community. In groups, children shared startling facts and interesting experiences that helped them get a first-hand understanding of the problem.

Some of the key findings from the plastic audit included:
  • The highest number of plastic items brought to school by the students were plastic water bottles and plastic containers.
  • Only 5 out of 62 students who conducted the audit do not bring reusable items to school.
  • On auditing their community the students found out that the single-use items that were being disposed of the most were - wrappers, plastic cutlery and plastic straws.
  • The items that were being reused the most in their community were paper plates.
  • The item that was found thrown in and around their school the most were chips bags and candy / chocolate wrappers.

GRADE 5 AND 6

PUTTING ON THE Cape

We began the workshop with the students of Grade 5 and 6, who put on their capes for the day and brainstormed innovations and ideas that can help save the world from the villainous Plastic.

once upon a time...

when the young superheroes defeated the villain - Mr. Plastic!

mission plastic

- A story by the students of Grade 5

" Once upon a time there was an attack of plastic in the oceans. The people threw plastic near the beaches, which ended up in the oceans. At that time people supported Mr. Plastic, the villain. The villain challenged the heroes. The heroes came to know that Mr. Plastic has challenged them so they decided to make a machine which will look like a human being. The machine will have the power to defeat Mr. Plastic. The heroes then took the machine to the ocean and began to suck out all the plastic. This made Mr. Plastic very angry. But the heroes continued to stay strong and cleaned out all the plastic, and all our oceans and sea animals were saved."

KILLER PLASTIC

- A story by Ali, Humaid, Saad, Abdullah.S and Huzaifa (Grade 6)

"Once upon a time, a spaceship landed on earth and from within arose an alien. His nose was made of straws, his teeth were made of bottle caps, his stomach was made of jumbo plastic bottles and his eyes were made of plastic spoons. He was very evil as he decided to introduce plastic to the people of the Earth. He made everyone forcefully use plastic. The five heroes decided to rescue our Earth and finish Mr. Plastic. But people refused to stop using Plastic and supported the alien. So the super five decided to invent an ultra vacuum which would suck out and burn the plastic without causing any air pollution. The heroes sucked out most of the waste plastic that was lying around on Earth, on the land and in the oceans. They successfully ended up destroying the alien and saved the Earth from the wrath of plastic."

Designing Awareness Post Cards

Conscious of their actions, the students of Grade 5 and 6 took to designing post cards to communicate the adversities of plastic pollution within their community. The post cards were designed using waste plastic bottle caps that were collected by the students prior to the workshop.

Through the post cards, the students remind us how we humans are causing an imbalance in the ecosystem by using plastic.

grade 7 and 8

DOCUMENTARY SCREENING

The students watched an informative video that detailed out the journey of plastic, from their homes, to landfills, oceans and recycling centers. Additionally, students learnt the repercussions of improper disposal of plastic on animals and humans.

reflections

The students engaged in an insightful discussion to reflect some of their key takeaways from the videos. They also understood the eminent role they play as the future generation in solving one of the biggest crisis that plagues our environment today.

Key Reflections

Q. Where does plastic come from?

A. "The primary source for plastic are the factories which manufacture them to make various items such as toys, sketch pens, food, containers, packaging etc. Another source includes, restaurants, cafeterias, hotels etc., which serve customers food in throw-away cups, plates, cutlery etc. which are all mostly single-use plastic."

Q. What do we as a society need to do to help reduce our plastic pollution?

A. "Together, we need to aim at overall reducing the use of plastic, and recycling all of the existing plastic waste. We should aim at making new products from existing plastic items, instead of buying new plastic items. If we stop using plastic, then automatically the need to make more plastic will reduce."

Q. What does government need to do to help our plastic pollution problem

A. "The government should put up recycling bins. Additionally, the government should regularly schedule clean-up drives, where we can go to the nearby polluted areas, collect and give all the waste plastic for recycling. The government should also be strict on the rules that are being implemented against the use of plastic."

the digital champions

The students of Grade 7 and 8 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.

The students aimed at visually appealing to people, through their striking artworks that express the rapidly increasing distress caused by plastic on our Earth.

Presenting reasons to save our earth, NOW!

The students prepared informative and creative charts that aimed at being effective campaigning tools, to spread awareness about plastic pollution. The charts highlighted the urgent measures that we need to take today, to ensure a cleaner, safer and longer tomorrow!

Watch the students presenting their awareness campaigns

our stars!

thank you oysters international school!

Our journey to ending plastic pollution has only just begun. We aim to inspire many more such youth to become torchbearers of our movement and bring about a generational change in the way we consume and dispose plastic as a society.

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