18 Sep Students on a Clean Up Mission
WOODSTOCK STUDENTS HAVE BEEN BUSY SCRAMBLING UP AND DOWN, SURVEYING THE HILLSIDE, BRAIN STORMING WITH OFFICIALS, MEETING UP WITH LOCALS AND TRYING TO RESOLVE THE MOUNTING GARBAGE ISSUE. THEY RECENTLY JOINED FORCES WITH THE ‘SAVE MUSSOORIE CITIZENS ALLIANCE FOR DISASTER RISK’ TO RID THE TOWN OF PLASTIC AND HELP WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN EFFICIENT WASTE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM.
Niranjan Bennet, Grade 11, talks about the project. He recently won the Silver International Award For Young People.
“So far students have successfully discussed with the Cantonment on how to clean the area. Next on the Agenda: Revamp Gaddi khana, Mussoorie’s only landfill.
Besides the larger picture of collaborating with the SAVE Mussoorie Citizens Alliance for Disaster Risk to rid the town of plastic and help with the development of an efficient waste management system, the TEAM is also focusing on the Woodstock campus. A campaign is being planned which will encourage students, staff members and employees to segregate garbage efficiently so that we are recycling and composting. However, there is the problem of waste that just needs to go into the incinerator such as chip packets, tetra packs and candy wrappers. We will need to educate the community that the burning of these pollute our environment and hope that we will also encourage healthy eating habits by doing so! We have also found out that the current manually run incinerator is not as effective as the one run by diesel before this. The temperatures of 180 degrees of the diesel run incinerator emitted less gases into the environment. Once our campaign at Woodstock is successful, we will continue it beyond Woodstock – to other schools and the local community”.-Sanjaya Mark, Director, Community Engagement.