On Friday, 19th January 2018, an awareness rally on ‘Plastic Waste Management’ took place in Neralakatte, organised by FSL-India’s Centre for Experiential Living and the Neralakatte Gram Panchayat.
The VII Std students from the Primary School of Neralakatte, MSW students from Thenkanidiyur College, Brahmavar, FSL-staff and 20 international volunteers participated in the rally. The team collected the trash from the ground nearby the road.
To get the rally going first, we needed the permission from the Panchayat of Neralakatte and from the police. A letter gave them a short introduction about the rally: when, who, how. To collect the trash, we got 10 large bags from the recycling factory.
Tizia and Ellen, working in the Environmental Education project, along with the students from the VII Std, created different signboards to build awareness for a sustainable future:
‘Take care of your environment’, ‘Reuse, Reduce, Recycle’, ‘Plastic Beda’ etc.
The rally started at 10 am in the morning, from the temple of Neralakatte. In each group, 3 people were collecting the trash. During this activity, the students talked to the shop owners about how important it is to protect the environment and to use a dustbin because plastic needs a lot of time to degrade.
To set up a sign, Sumukha Traders gave a dustbin to one of the shop owners. The rally ended at 1.30 pm, at the Panchayat office.
The local media was present at the rally. They walked alongside the FSL-India team and broadcast the event on ‘Daiji/world’, a Kannada television channel:
All in all, the rally was a huge success – everyone enjoyed it and the bags were completely filled.
FSL-India thanks all the people who participated in the rally and we look forward to many more such events, to create a cleaner environment for all.