Children are our real hope for the future and it is important to sensitize them about the environment and waste management in particular. Earth5R, which is a Powai based global environmental organization, has launched an environmental education and sensitizing programme for school students.
Starting with SM Shetty high school in Powai, the programme will be taken across other schools in Powai and other parts of the city.
Under this program Young Leaders get the opportunity to present an ‘EARTH Talk’ to the audience. EARTH Talk is an environmental talk inspired by TED Talks. This time it was Jahaan Gupta, the youngest volunteer of Earth5R who addressed an auditorium packed with future leaders.
Jahaan Gupta, a young volunteer conducts the EARTH Talk for school students.
At this interactive and high energy session, students of class 8 and 9 were shown visual presentations and given a thorough understanding of the problem Mumbai city faces due to overflowing landfills and mounting amounts of waste.
They learned how it’s important to reduce the amount of waste that is generated homes, which eventually ends up in the city’s landfills. The objective of the session was to encourage students to take the lead at home and move their families towards ‘ZERO WASTE’ homes by implementing proper waste management practices.
Students learned that the most important factors in tackling the waste problem are:
- Reduction of wastage through conscious consumption
- Proper segregation of daily waste
- Composting of wet waste
- Channelising dry waste items on a regular basis to recyclers
The presentation was followed by a workshop on waste segregation and composting of wet waste. Students were shown actual waste items which were segregated in front of them in three categories which were wet waste, recyclable waste and refuse waste. Later they learned how to compost the wet waste that is generated at home.
To ensure that the students understand the issue and work towards a real solution, they were given a 30 day home project where they are required to segregate the daily household waste and monitor recyclable items.
The end objective is to ensure that the refuse waste handed out to the garbage collector reduces over a period of 30 days and more items are given for recycling.
“Improper waste segregation leading to overflowing landfills is a serious problem that we are facing not just in Mumbai but worldwide. Our objective of hosting the sessions in schools is to ensure that children who are our future leaders have a clear understanding of the issue and are given proper direction to tackle this problem. Even if some of the students are able to convert their homes towards zero waste in the long term we will consider our project successful” says Saurabh Gupta, Founder Earth5R.
“Apart from waste management we will educate students on the importance of green covers through a plantation drive and another clean up drive at the Powai lake to give them a real understanding of the problems of pollution” added Saurabh.
Ms. Seema Sabhlok, Principal Bunt Sangha’s S.M. Shetty High School & Junior College said “In today’s time the children are less connected with the Earth. Parents are also very particular and overprotective of their children, they do not like to see their children unhappy so they provide them with all the things that the children desire or demand. Connecting with nature helps children to go down to their roots and understand values.”
5 STEPS TO BECOME A ‘ZERO WASTE’ FAMILY
1 Consume consciously- do not buy things that you do not need.
2 Say no to singles use plastic.
3 Reduce your daily food wastage.
4 Segregate your daily waste in minimum three categories
a. Wet waste – all food and kitchen items including tea leaves and egg shells
b. Recyclable waste – plastics, paper, metal, glass items and electronic items (E-waste goes separately). Recycle the dry waste through rag pickers or recyclers.
c. Refuse waste – sweeping dust, diapers, soiled papers and hazardous waste like medicines and chemical containers.
5. Compost the wet waste
You can compost your daily kitchen waste though home composting methods or encourage your building to set up a common composting unit. Organic compost that is created from kitchen waste is very rich in quality and useful. This compost can be used to grow home plants, terrace gardens or in building gardens and plants. Plants that are grown in this organic compost are very good in quality.
EARTH5R is a socio-environmental organization working towards creating zero-waste localities by providing sustainable livelihood for marginalized communities and at the same time restoring the local ecosystems. With a community base of 35,000 members they are present in over 35 cities across India and in 25 cities worldwide.
The Environmental Leadership Programme has a 3 months curriculum for 10 years and above age group with flexible learning schedule.
To know more about Earth5R’s Environmental Leadership Programme please check www.earth5r.org contact the team on 9920045587 or firstname.lastname@example.org