Cam­puses strive to be­come plas­tic-free

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

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.

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