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Ervis Blue Workshop Govt. Model Sanskriti Senior Secondary School, Panchkula

In collaboration with the Municipal Corporation of Panchkula, Haryana, and the Swachh Bharat Mission

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.

creating a swachh panchkula

Govt. Model Sanskriti Senior Secondary School, Panchkula

overview

600+ students

2-Days

Age group: 10-13 years

In collaboration with Municipal Corporation of Panchkula

Supporting the Swachh Bharat Mission

WORKSHOP SESSIONS

Students engaged in 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.
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
  • 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.

what is the solution?

Students listed out some of the key solutions they and their community could adopt to tackle the problem of plastic pollution in a more effective manner.
  • Alternating plastic bottles with steel or glass bottles.
  • Using steel containers to purchase groceries or for packing food.
  • Using of cloth bags instead of plastic bags.
  • Educating their parents about the effect of plastic on animals and the environment as a whole.
  • Using materials such as jute, cotton, paper, steel etc., as alternatives to plastics.
  • Adopting the olden ways of packaging products reusing materials such as newspapers.
  • Using cardboard boxes instead of plastic dustbins to collect waste.
  • Preparing songs, and street plays that effectively spread the message.

time to take action!

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, theater plays and songs.

A song written and sung by the students to spread awareness about plastic and waste pollution

IMAGINING A WORLD WITHOUT PLASTIC!

The students were asked to imagine a world where plastic was never invented. They were then asked to recreate scenes from their daily lives, and how they would go about doing their daily chores without plastic!

The students recreated an Earth where...
  • There is a compost pit in each and every household.
  • All the lakes and ponds in the city are pollution free.
  • People are only seen using jute and cotton bags.
  • Every corner of the city has pottery shops.
  • Fridges are made of mud.
  • Neem stems are being used as brushes.
  • Houses are made of wood, cement, bricks and metal.
  • Their school bags are made of jute and pens are made of wood or feather.

CREATING INNOVATIVE SCHEMES TO SUPPORT THEIR LOCAL GOVERNMENT

After having shared some of the innovative schemes put in place by the Municipal Corporation of Panchkula, the students were asked to come up with their own creative schemes that they can implement in collaboration with their local authorities.

Some of the key schemes brainstormed were:
  • From every sector, the person who collects, segregates and disposes the most amount of waste should be awarded a prize from the government.
  • Every month, people who use reused plastic the most should be recognized by the municipal corporation.
  • Give individuals who collect the most plastic waste, supplies for their daily needs such as – clothes, food items, housing facilities etc.
  • A vending machine should be installed where people get money in return for submitting plastic waste.
  • Students can be given pencils and notebooks in return for depositing plastic waste.
  • As a part of awareness scheme, stainless steel bottles and containers should be distributed across the city.
  • Instead of supplying schools with plastic dustbins, they should be given steel bins.
  • In exchange for plastic waste, people should be given a pot of plant or fresh fruits.
  • For those who collect and deposit plastic waste they should be provided with coupons with which they can purchase grocery items.
  • Children should be gifted with wooden toys in exchange for plastic.

field visit

Landfill and Composting Site

The students had an exposure field visit to the local dump yard in Panchkula. The aim of the visit was to give the students a practical insight into what happens to the waste after it is disposed from their homes. We also wanted them to know the people who play a key role in managing and cleaning the dump yard.

The students had the opportunity to interact with the local cleaners and rag pickers and understand their perspective and the kind of challenges they face on a day-to-day basis. The students learnt some of the simple measures they can take up to reduce the heaps of garbage that currently occupies the land.

In addition to understanding solid waste segregation, the students also learnt the process of composting biodegradable waste in detail. They witnessed the step-by-step process of composting the kitchen waste generated from homes.

Their biggest takeaway was realizing the journey of waste in entirety and its impact on the lives of humans and animals alike. Having not able to stand the stench and the unhygienic atmosphere of the dump yard for more than a few minutes, they had a new found respect for the cleaners and rag pickers who spend their entire time in saving the community from the side-effects of disposing waste incorrectly.

feedback

" The workshop focused on the impact of plastic pollution on our lives. During the course of the workshop students engaged in several activities that were designed to suit their understanding and interest. They were made aware about the problem through discussions, videos, lectures, skits, activities etc. Through this they gained deep insight into the issue and were encouraged to join this mission and inspire their entire community to do the same."

- Mrs. Anju Puri; Principal

thank you...

to the Municipal Corporation of Panchkula and Govt. Model Sanskriti Senior Secondary School, Panchkula
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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