As per a CPCB (Central Pollution Control Board) study done in 2012, India is believed to generate around 26000 tonnes of plastic per day. And the most bitter truth is, over 40% i.e., 10,000 tonnes of plastic waste is left uncollected every day which piles up in our natural environment thus polluting the land and ocean.
Plastic pollution is interrupting the natural patterns of the ecosystem and disrupting the lives of voiceless creatures. While the usage of plastic has surely made our lives much easier but we must also be mindful of the irreparable damage it is causing to our environment.
Students from Oakridge, one of the top international schools in Mohali have come forward to support India’s initiative on banning ‘Single-Use Plastic’. They launched a campaign called S.T.O.P a.k.a., Student Take On Plastic on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi as an initiative to imbibe the Gandhian philosophy – “Be the change you want to see in the world”.
They started with small steps such as to avoid buying single-use plastic bottles like cold drink bottles, juice bottles, and plastic tiffin boxes; ensuring the use of metal or long-lasting plastic water bottles, disposable cutlery, etc. To promote and spread awareness, these children did a rigorous campaign around the school and the community. They knocked almost every door to ensure that these steps are being followed. These students also took the ownership of surprise checking of the school staff for any excessive use of plastic. These little learners are already up for making a difference in society as well as to our environment.
“Oakridgers believe in taking action to bring about a change that they want to see. This initiative against the use of single-use plastic is one such initiative that aims to make the world a better place for the present as well as the future” said Ramanjit Ghuman, Principal at Oakridge Mohali.
Several Oakridgers like Arnav are taking it upon themselves to better our world each day. From running initiatives like ‘Give Way to Ambulance‘ across the country to teaching under-privileged children, to taking up water conservation projects; the students are doing their bit to make our world a better place.
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Are you with them? Think again because every action counts.