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'No Plastic Drive' organized by Pawar Public School,
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 5 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.
The students of Grades 6 and 7 made paper bags in the school using old newspaper sheets. About 50 students walked 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. The students used the megaphone to attract the onlookers as they marched with enthusiasm towards Bhandup Railway station.
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 students of PPS Bhandup had once again proved that are they are the most effective advocates for green practices. As they walked back into the school premises, they were extremely delighted and satisfied that they had done their significant bit in educating the common man about the urgent need to shun plastic and protect 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.