Heal the World

Heal the World

05 June 2004 is World Environment Day. World Environment Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. Another resolution, adopted by the General Assembly the same day, led to the creation of United Nations Environment Programme. Accoirding to UNEP, you can celebrate world environment day in many ways: Street rallies, bicycles parades, green concerts, essay/poster competitions in schools, tree planting, recycling efforts, clean-up campaigns and much more.

In line with the UNEP agenda, 30 Class X students from various city schools are participating in a waste management project, initiated by the Jidnyasa Trust. The goal of the programme, which began on Monday and is likely to get over today, is to measure the awareness levels of waste management among the residents of Thane. As per the directive of the TMC, wet and dry garbage must be separated at source before disposing of with it. This helps in effective management and disposal of garbage.

The biodegradable waste or ‘wet’ garbage includes vegetable peels, coconut shells, even hair, nail clippings, used cotton and paper. The biodegradable or ‘dry’ waste includes plastics, metal, glass, battery cells, cloth, rubber, bulbs etc.

These students carried a brief questionnaire, visited homes in pre-selected housing societies and interviewed the inhabitants to collect vital information on how garbage is being disposed of by residents, whether they are aware of the importance of splitting wet and dry waste and if there are in special initiatives being taken by local communities. This information, once analysed, will help in finding out how the system of collection and disposal can be made more efficient and user-friendly. A report will be published and submitted to the TMC.  

A similar project on sewage water analysis is also under way by students from Thana College and Ruia collage. This is a youth group programme organised by Jidnyasa, to find out pollution levels of sewage channels and drains that run across the city. Samples of various drains will be collected for laboratory analysis to determine the chemical composition of the sewage and the levels of toxicity in the same. Once again, a report will be prepared and submitted to the TMC for further action.

In yet another environment project initiated by Jignyasa, conducted a few weeks back, a group of six students from Dnyansadhana College measured the air pollution levels at Majwada Signal junction. This was done under the supervision of Maharashtra Pollution Board. A project for underground water testing for portability is also under way.

But should we expect responsible behaviour only from NGOs? Love and respect for the environment in which we live is important for the survival of life on planet Earth. We have already begun to feel the effects of rising air and water pollution levels and if we don’t begin damage control initiatives soon – every single one of us – the future generations will never forgive us. Let us all take a simple pledge: that we will observe every single day of the year as World Environment Day. Let us collectively heal the word – and spread this message among all our relatives, friends and associates.

Message from UNEP
"On this World Environment Day, let us examine the state of our environment. Let us consider carefully the actions which each of us must take, and then address ourselves to our common task of preserving all life on earth in a mood of sober resolution and quiet confidence."

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