We are delighted to share a blog written by student Deva Nanda Manoj from Private International English School, who is part of a team delivering a Global Goals project for the 2019-20 Global Goals Competition.
Their project is among over 957 social action projects currently running as part of the GSL movement and we are excited to be supporting them to design and lead positive social change in their community.
SMART CARA PROJECT:
We all do amass a large amount of food waste is what we perceive from our surroundings, and the action that follows this would be disposing it off in a normal manner, which is absolutely futile according to us. Hence we have come up with an effective new idea dubbed as A WALK TOWARDS ZERO WASTE. The protagonist of this mission was our smart kara. The smart kara is a brilliant machine that is capable of converting food waste into a very useful produce, which is manure which is then used in our organic garden for improvising the health conditions and prolonging the lifespan of our green kins. It is an automated machine that can produce manure in an odorless and less noise polluting manner,no matter how much ever the moisture content of the food waste may be.
The substantially big quantity of food waste that we spot in the school is what became our food for thought, subsequently leading to this idea. We decided to provide it the wings to fly, by proclaiming this idea at our school campus. We conducted a presentation at school and this idea sought asylum in the hearts and minds of every individual present there. They received it with a lot of acclaim.We placed bins to segregate food waste from other kinds of wastes. The students were instructed to dispose waste in accordance with the type stuck above the bins. After disposal,this was then put into the machine and our manure would be ready in no time. We get about 7kgs of organic waste,out of which we acquire atleast 3kg of manure. Thus, within a month our collection of manure would be a massive amount of 60-70 kgs.
VARIOUS RECYCLING PROJECTS:
Another drive was the ride to safe disposal of e-waste, a big hit in the school and community. Our club also effectively undertakes recycling projects. We have recycled e-waste,paper and we have also begun a battery collection mission recently. We have collaborated with various prominent organizations like the Emirates Environment Group and others. Nearly 35% of all the trees cut down in the world are for the purpose of producing paper,which we normally use for once and there you have it, it lies in the waste bin. This isn’t a very sensible scheme according to us. Hence we participated in the OROC paper collection and had a major collection of 12220 kgs of paper, which means quite a number of trees. Recycling just 1 tonne of paper saves 17 trees, in our case we have collected 12.2 tonnes of paper and so we have saved 207 trees at a shot. This is of course a great victory for us.
The Next Chapter
This mission of paper and e-waste recycling still continues in our school campus from time to time. We even keep grade-wise competitions for the largest amount collected, which serves a constant source of inspiration for the students to put in their complete efforts. And hence we still have time to time collections from the community. We have also planned a visit to the Madar Farm where we will be donating our manure. This would then lead to better fruits and vegetables in a more organic manner, which when supplied to a million consumers would be especially beneficial.
We have also received invitations from school and thus we are keen on spreading our green thoughts and ideas. Age is just a number, any child or adult can contribute to these green causes. Just put on your green thinking caps and within no time you will have tonnes of ideas gushing into your heads. This is an extensively practical project as far as the school environment is concerned and so we hope this provides a momentum to kids and adults of various age groups to implement these green footsteps in their lives.
We believe we have partially accomplished our obligations towards mother earth. We believe in continuing this chain of green events and will contribute our level best to sustainable ventures wherever and whenever possible. We hope to collaborate with prominent environmental agencies and will continue our green activities with enviro-serve, EEG, Bee’ah and many others. Let’s add in our little steps to making mother earth a better planet of inhabitance.
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The 2019-20 GSL Global Goals Competition is now open and runs until June 2020. If you belong to one of the 700+ teams of students currently delivering a social action project as part of the competition we would love to hear from you and feature your blog and project photos on our website to inspire others.