Wednesday, 8 May 2013


Imagine a world full of plastic bags, layer upon layer of toxic molecules refusing to disintegrate for the earth below to breathe freely and easily. These plastic demons stick out like a sore thumb, marring the landscape that otherwise would yield a breath-taking spectrum of scenic wonders. Well, that is what awaits us if we do not wake up from our money-induced slumber to take stock of the situation. Plastic is one of the biggest pollutants on earth and what makes it even a bigger threat to the environment is the fact that it is non-biodegradable.

The Award participants and other students of Wynberg-Allen sensitive to the environmental threat of plastic waste, are organizing plastic collection drives on campus and along the hills that surround the school. Every Friday groups of students clean areas that are littered with plastic bags, cans, bottles etc. A basic kit comprising collection bags, disposable gloves, sticks and iron hooks are provided to the leaders of each group so as to create an efficient waste collection system. The filled bags are secured with twine and stored in a shed till the van from the Municipal Corporation comes to collect them.

Thus far, the Award participants along have collected five truckloads of plastic and will continue this crusade every Friday under the guidance of their teachers. These students are contributing their efforts to conserve the environment in the hills of Mussoorie.

Madhav Bharadwaj

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