DJHS celebrates “Nature Week”

20 July 2009

Have you really looked at the world around you? Even if you live in the city, nature is everywhere once you start looking.

Have you really looked at the world around you? Even if you live in the city, nature is everywhere once you start looking. Preserving nature, so that the future generations get a taste of it in its raw form is of paramount importance as nature today is exploited unsympathetically by human beings. It is very essential that we control the exploitation of nature in some way or the other. What better way to inculcate environmental consciousness in the younger generation than celebrating the ‘Nature Week’.

To change our mindset and tell ourselves that yes, we can live without plastic bags; students have classes 5 to 7 have initiated to celebrate 20th July to 24th July as the Nature week. Plastics may be convenient, but they sure are politically incorrect. A poster/slogan competition was held for students of class 6 who came up came up with the idea of maintaining 23rd July, 2009 as ‘No Plastic Day’. Students of class 5 were asked to bring one plant sapling (potted) which they would nurture on the 6th floor terrace of the school. Teachers and students were requested to use only recyclable plastic or biodegradable bags. Students of Class 7 desired to go on a field trip to the Colaba Garden to observe ‘the green house effect’ project and would cherish the beautiful sights of the botanical garden too.

The teachers and students have planned a garbage disposal project to preserve nature. The following series of activities have been planned. Children will bring in useful waste from their homes and recycle it in various forms e.g. prepared show pieces, lanterns, greeting cards, etc. The children will get scrap material from homes (preferably glass bottles), they will visit the scrap shop and sell them. Simultaneously they will interview the scrap vendor and understand from him as to what happens to the glass bottles that he collects and how they are finally recycled. With the money that they obtain by selling the scrap, they will buy three garbage bins for the school. One of the garbage bins will be purely for glass disposal only (the entire school will be informed of the same). Two special garbage bins will be placed for disposal of biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste. Students will be instructed to segregate their waste. Each division of class 6 will prepare a compost pit. They will dig a pit in the green patch of the school. They will then place some garbage (both biodegradable and non-biodegradable) (make a note of the same) in this pit. After watering it they will cover it with soil and place placards with their class names over their compost pits. Two weeks later they will dig up the same pits and note their observations.