By Our Staff Reporter
Dehradun, 7 Jun: Uttarakhand is known for its natural beauty and plastic waste has become a severe environmental problem in the state, affecting its ecology, wildlife, and human health. Being an ecologically sensitive state, plastic waste is bound to become more problematic in the coming times.
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Uttarakhand Council for Science & Technology (UCOST) every year organise an annual Environment Summit to deliberate on the topical environmental issues. As a run up to the summit, this year, Plastic Waste Collection Drives and Poster competitions were organised from 1 to 7 June as part of World Environment Day celebrations. The Summit has reached its 13th edition and is being organised on 21 June 2023. It will deliberate on Solutions to Plastic Pollution.
Bipen Gupta, Chairman, CII stated that the objective of organising environmental activities like plastic waste clean-up drives and poster making competition is to create awareness about the importance of conserving ecology among youth and children.
The plastic waste collection drive was held at Kimaadi and Rispana in collaboration with Graphic Era University & Waste Warriors. Over 70 Volunteers from Graphic Era University & CIMS University participated in the clean up. As many as 35 bags of plastic waste weighing around 75 kgs was collected and transported to the Waste Warriors Material Recovery Facility at Harrawala.
Saadika Munjal, Co-Chair, Yi Climate Change Vertical, also participated in the clean-up drive with great enthusiasm.
In addition to this, Poster Making Competitions were organised at the schools, Magnum Opus and Kidzee Racecourse, to raise awareness among children. Forty students in the age group of 5 to 10 participated and created posters on saving the environment. Anayas Suneja, Co- Chair, Yi Masoom Vertical, appreciated the contribution of CII in encouraging and promoting the engagement of young children through this activity.