By OUR STAFF REPORTER
Dehradun, 5 Jun: Waste Warriors celebrated World Environment Day with a wide range of awareness raisings events and clean-up drives.
Founded in 2012, Waste Warriors is a not-for-profit organisation and registered society committed to tackling India’s garbage problem. It does this through a combination of direct action, advocacy, and awareness-raising. With an emphasis on civic pride, education, and creation of affordable and sustainable waste management systems, it intends to clean up India with the help and support of all active citizens.
World Environment Day is celebrated every year on 5 June, and is thematically promoted by United Nations Environment Programme. This year’s theme is “Beat Air Pollution”.
The Environment Day activities started with a special clean-up drive on both sides of the Bindal River Bridge which connects to the municipal waste transportation station near Kargi Chowk.
The event was inaugurated by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, who emphasised the importance of cleanliness and of safeguarding the environment by planting more trees.
Officials at the event included Mayor Sunil Uniyal Gama, District Magistrate SA Murugesan, Municipal Commissioner Vinay Shankar Pandey, Additional Municipal Commissioner Neeraj Joshi, Chief Health Officer Kailash Joshi, SSP Nivedita Kukreti, Urban Development Directorate Secretary Shailesh Bagoli, as well as other representatives from their offices. Others included representatives from multiple Residence Welfare Associations across Dehradun, Gati Foundation, and other volunteers and members.
To raise awareness on the importance of waste management, a team from Waste Warriors also set up a canopy near Kargi Chowk, where people could get information on dry and wet waste segregation and the importance of segregating it, and how to make compost from their food waste at home, and how to collect and give their recyclables to kabaadiwallas or scrap dealers in their area.
At Gandhi Park, another Waste Warriors team organised an awareness session on composting to show people how to make organic compost from dry leaves collected at the park. It also installed two composting enclosures supported by Rotary Club Dehradun. Operations Manager Aman Grover emphasised the importance of not burning dry leaves, as it added to air pollution and taking the initiative to make compost at home in order to give back to the environment.
Based on UNEP’s theme for this year, “Beat Air Pollution”, a third Waste Warriors team held a painting competition with children in partnership with Silverlining Society (a non-profit NGO specialising in the education and empowerment of underprivileged children, youth and women) at Shakti Vihar. There were three prize winners of the competition: 1st position to Bhavansh Gaur (4th class), 2nd position to Ashutosh (8th class), and 3rd position to Anshika (8th).