When asked about the common waste disposal method you’re familiar with, none of the students missed to list down “Waste Burning”. This understanding is common amongst most of us too. People take waste burning to be the easiest method of waste disposal, unaware of the prolonged effects it has on one’s health and the environment. With the need to introduce and aware students about the harmful effects of waste burning, this week we facilitated the fifth and final module, “Open-air waste burning”.
“Dhunwa”, a Telefilm on Air Pollution was shown to the students, that highlights the major hazardous aspects of open-air waste burning. Students were also informed about the pollutants emitted during open-air waste burning which is toxic to humans depending on their concentration and how it might cause eye irritation, skin and respiratory problems along with some even being carcinogenic (causing cancer). They were also shared how individuals with respiratory problems such as asthma or with allergies may even be more sensitive to these pollutants.
Being the final module, the revision and feedback sharing session brought about many experiences of the students which they shared with their peers. “When I was introduced to the importance of waste segregation during the 2nd module, I thought it was just a waste of time and a lazy chore. However, when I was appreciated by the waste collector sister on handing her the used and washed milk pouches, her happiness along with her urge towards waste segregation became contagious. Since then I have been segregating waste as its fun and a necessity too”. These words from a seventh grader is indeed an indication that every student must have access to knowledge on zero waste. This shall help build responsible youths for future.
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