Earth Talk on Waste Management for School Children: Bangalore Earth5R
80 percent of the waste produced by houses comprise of compostable food and yard wastes which don’t harm the environment and can decompose, but these wastes are not sorted out and are mixed with non-biodegradable wastes and dumped into landfills which have filled up to 40 million tons in the past 50 years.
And the effort to segregate waste continues …
One of the greatest tragedies faced by all nations at this point is the management of the waste that they produce. The amounts of waste generated does not require exaggeration or manipulation, for the real statistical data is enough to alarm us all. A person cannot imagine that the amount of waste that they create individually if put together can create large and shocking values. Including the metro cities of our nation, in the waste generated there is as great as 60% of it that goes untreated. Many items from this waste can be recycled, but that does not take place because there is too much garbage which has been dumped already without segregation.
On the 7th of October 2015, the Bangalore Earth5R Team conducted an Earth Talk event for the students of SEA ICSE School which had been executed by Nayanika Majumdar from 1:30 pm till 3:00 pm. The Earth Talk was on the topic of waste management. The purpose behind the activity was to raise detailed awareness among the students and encourage to follow the rules and concepts of waste management to help the world start making it a healthier and greener environment and to make sure that it would reduce the amounts of unsegregated and untreated garbage.
Nearly 55 students had attended the seminar who were 11 to 13 years of age and every student had the level of enthusiasm as an environmentalist has when they talk about the Earth. Nayanika explained the topics by written descriptions as well as demonstrative videos about waste management, recycling at home and on commercial bases, advantages of waste management, impact and effect of waste management on the current environment.
After the explanation and demonstration of videos the students and teachers spoke and cleared their doubts and questions about the topics. It was a great experience to see such a lively spirit among the children. The interaction during the seminar and feedback from the kids about the work being very impressive and the promises that they made to follow the right path to save the environment and help everyone who tend to do so, was marvelous.
The reason this event was carried out was to give the children a push that they require to start a change and help the environment. They are the future of the nation and empowering them is one of the fundamental steps to create the difference. To start with the student’s and teacher’s households could influence their friends and neighbors and even they would follow these disciplines which in turn could actually help to reduce the amount of harmful , untreated wastes and segregate the recyclable and compostable waste so that we can create natural organic products like recycled paper, glass and plant compost as fertilizers .
-Impact Report by Nayanikar Majumdar. Edited by Pragya Lodha and Vandita Morarka.