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SEWA AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH SESSION BY AVAKAR; IIT AND STANFORD ALUMNI (OCTOBER 08 & 09,2020)
 


 

As part of SEWA and Community Outreach Initiative, the school organized a session on Climate change and waste management for students of classes IX – XII on October 8th and 9th. It was organized by AVAKAR- an initiative by alumni of IIT and Stanford Universities- to spread awareness and create models for sustainable development.

From the last 8 decades, humankind has mistreated nature to a large extent. It was time that nature responded back. This came in the form of an invisible enemy, the Coronavirus, in 2020. This setback has helped all of us to stop and understand the gravity of the situation. The session conducted was a step towards helping students apprehend such problems. It emphasized on how consumerism in Urban lifestyle has directly impacted the over-exploitation of natural resources by humans. In their own words- Today, natural resources are becoming increasingly scarce while our needs are growing in an ever more densely populated and urbanized world facing climate change issues.


Avakar uses innovation to create growth models that are sustainable and better balanced. The session was quite an interactive one, with videos on how our Earth is suffering, ill effects of city life, journey of waste, proper composting being shown.

Students used the Impact Calculator, which helped them understand the extent to which ones actions affect nature. Questions and opinions were asked from all those attending, and students responded with enthusiasm.


Eye-opening facts about how plastics not just contaminate oceans and are major threats to aquatic life, but also how microplastics enter our plates and are hazardous were shared. Problems of waste accumulation in landfills, environmental pollution due to improper plastic management and pollution can and should be resolved. Many ways such as Segregation of waste into recyclable, compostable and incinerable items, preparing compost at home and providing proper landfill items to Kabadiwalas can help manage waste at grass root levels. After providing students the details about composting and factors which affect it, a project called Carbon Heroes was introduced.  The students have shown keen interest in this project that aims at creating a change using student innovations. The session was very informative and motivating, and succeeded in convincing the students that we can re-beautify our devastated planet.