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'No Plastic Drive' organized by Pawar Public School, Bhandup on 14th February, 2018
Students are the future citizens and can be the best ambassadors of conservation of resource and preservation of the environment. They can be made to spread awareness among the people in their community about the benefits of adopting ecofriendly practices. Pawar Public School, Bhandup recognizes this fact and hence, has been organizing the 'No Plastic Drive' for the last 6 years. This year, as before, the school joined hands with Tata Power for distributing paper bags to the hawkers and vendors in the vicinity of the crowded Bhandup railway Station.
An additional activity was carried out this year. The students made beautiful posters conveying the 'No Plastic' and 'Save Environment' messages in the school. They had them laminated and distributed them to the shop keepers. These shop keepers were requested to hang the posters in their shops in order to sensitize the customers who throng their shops. The students were persistent in convincing and educating the shop keepers.
The students of Grades 6 and 7 made paper bags in the school using old newspaper sheets. It was an encouraging sight to watch 88 students walking in a procession with their teachers carrying placards, and raising slogans like 'Swacch Mumbai, Harit Mumbai,' Say no to plastic', 'A world without plastic is fantastic', 'Reduce, Reuse , Recycle' besides many others. As the students marched with enthusiasm towards Bhandup Railway station, their voices rent the air and served to attract the onlookers.
One group of students started distributing paper bags to the green vendors and hawkers, explaining to them the ill effects of plastic; the students urged them to sell their commodities in paper bags instead of plastic bags. As the students interacted with them, the vendors responded in a positive manner and promised to use paper bags as well as to avoid the usage of plastic bags. In all, about 500 paper bags were distributed in the busy road outside the railway station, buzzing with pedestrians, shopkeepers and hawkers.
Another set of students organized a signature campaign. They requested the general public walking out the railway station to place their signature to express their support for the 'No Plastic Movement'. A big board with chart papers was kept for this purpose. A big crowd gathered near the board to offer their support for the 'No Plastic Drive'. The public response was, indeed, gratifying. Many passersby appreciated the efforts of the young generation in trying to create a desirable change in the environment.
The school firmly believes that it is the future generation, constituting the citizens of tomorrow, which will shoulder the responsibility of protecting and preserving the environment. Hence such awareness drives assume great significance in contemporary times.