Campuses strive to become plastic-free
New Delhi: Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that a large campaign was being initiated to make India plastic-free, universities in Delhi started working towards the goal.
While Delhi University (DU) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students are preparing action plans to make their campus plastic-free, Jamia Millia Islamia has already announced that it will ban single-use plastic from October 2. Jamia students are also planning a march to Rajghat on the day to commemorate Gandhi Jayanti.
Pragya Malik, an advance diploma DU student, has initiated a ‘let DU breathe’ campaign. Malike said she, along with other students, will write to colleges and ask canteens to limit use of plastic. “We want them to use more steel or wood as they have longer shelf life,” she said.
Inspired by environmental activist Greta Thunberg, students in JNU took out a climate march late Saturday. “Let us march to assert our right to life with equity and justice, and to assert our right to equitable environment and sustainable future. The poor and vulnerable need climate justice. They can’t pay for the sins of the exploiters,” a student said.
JNU is also conducting a week-long programme on water conservation and ban on single-use plastic. According to Swachh JNU director PK Joshi, “Two sessions have been arranged for over 350 sanitation officials to tell them about water conservation and use of plastic. We also plan to get a session conducted by NDMC officials for them. Our NSS volunteers and sanitation staff workers recently carried out shram-daan to clean a waterbody and also picked up all the plastic on the campus”.
Last year, DU’s Gandhi Bhavan had organised a ‘peace and swachhta march’ on October 2 during which students and faculty members took a pledge to maintain cleanliness.
RAISING THEIR VOICE: Students have prepared action plans and campaigns