Chandigarh, July 23, 2022: The L.T.S. Club of Stepping Stones School organised the “Say No to Single-Use Plastic” campaign towards the celebration of the 75th Independence Year of India (AZADI KA AMRIT MAHOTSAV).
Plastic bags used commonly by shoppers for carrying day-to-day items from shops, vegetable vendors, and edible items are a cause of grave concern for environmental degradation. These single-use plastics don’t degrade in the environment for over 600 years. Their presence can now be detected in the food chain and even in mother’s milk. The Government of India has decided to phase out single-use plastic by 2022. For this, the Plastic Waste Management Rules 2016 (amended in August 2021) are the latest and propose to ban single-use plastic.
Towards the end, students of the L.T.S. Club organised a signature campaign rally in the neighbourhood to create awareness about the issue. Additionally, the message also entailed spreading and reinforcing the objectives of the Swachh Bharat Mission, i.e., maintaining sanitation and hygiene.
The occasion was a special effort by Principal Mrs. Anu Kumar, whose motive to bring about empathy and the principle of cleanliness amongst students was well received. She felt that children could play a vital role in achieving the “Swachh Bharat Mission,” and if we motivate children to keep themselves clean and also their homes, schools, and surroundings clean, then they will contribute towards improving sanitation as well as become ambassadors of cleanliness in their homes and communities, in addition to promoting environmental issues such as the plastic ban. It is therefore incumbent upon us to ensure equality and liberty in society, and only then can we really call ourselves Swachh in the real sense.