Say No To Plastics (24th August,2015)
THE JAIN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
“Say No To Plastics” (24th August,2015)
With the Messages “Save Earth, Save Water, Say no to Plastic”, an “Anti-Plastic Campaign” was organized by the students of The Jain International School, Kanpur which focused on the hazardous effects of plastic on the cows and their right to live a plastic-free life. It is observed that there are hundreds of cattle on the roads feeding on garbage, of which plastic is in large quantity. The ingestion of plastic sentences them to a slow and cruel death, if they do not receive help on time. Most people are not aware of this cruelty because, to them, these animals are walking about ‘peacefully’ on the road.
Frustrated with the years of deliberating delay in ban of polythene and plastic in Kanpur city, hundreds of students of The Jain International School, Kanpur participated in an anti- plastic awareness rally on Monday, 24th August, supporting Jusco’s civic campaign ‘Zimmedar Nagrik, Zimmedar Shaher’. Around 100 students of Class III to V participated in it. It started from Arya Nagar Chauraha and moved to Bombay Namkeen place. Its main motive was to encourage people to shun polythene bags and do their bit for a safer environment. It was flagged off by the Head Boy and the Head Girl accompanied by the students and the teachers. Also present on the occasion were Mrs. Chandrani Bannerjee, the Little Champs Principal, and the moderators of The Inner Wheel Clubs .
Holding aloft banners carrying slogans dissuading the use of plastic in the city, the students carried placards urging the public to ‘say no to plastic’as they took part in a procession to create awareness against the usage of polythene bags.The young campaigners requested them to use eco-friendly bags in the market. So, we donated 500 paper bags free of cost among the shops in the nearby market and to the vegetable vendors and customers. The children spoke earnestly to the vendors, customers and owners of grocery stores, telling them about the harmful effects of plastic and made them say “plastic bags vaparvaninathi” (‘say No to Plastic bags’). The paper bags were made by the school students and was an effort towards realizing the civic responsibilities. The remedy of using paper bag instead of plastic was quite inspiring.The public appreciated the unique effort of the students and gave their remarks. The vendors were compelled to use paper bags provided by the students.
It was a great effort. It will help young generation to understand about the environment safety. Such habits should be inculcated from their childhood.
We mainly wanted to educate the children about the use of eco-friendly materials, so that they can drive home the message to their family and friends. Children are great communicators and as they are innocent, people feel obliged to listen to them. We believe that if we want to bring a positive change in our environment, then we have to start it ourself. The school plans to make such drives a regular activity for the school children.