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TAKING THE LEAD: In environmental and social issues.
TAKING THE LEAD: In environmental and social issues.

PANKAJ GORANA

Kids got together in Kodagu to make a difference.

On April 22, 1970, a group of people in the U.S. got together and celebrated this day to draw attention to increasing environmental problems caused by humans. Since then, every year, events to mark Earth Day are held all over the world. It is 36 years since the day has been commemorated. Students have played key roles in environmental and social campaigns and have enormous potential to work for change. They have ideas, energy and courage. They can change the world. Here is a story of how kids did make a difference. You can do the same in your school or in your neighbourhood. As part of the "Clean-up Kodagu" campaign, students collected recyclable waste such as plastic and paper from the streets, and their homes. This was then sold to recycling agents. Fifty per cent of the money generated from collecting and the school to form Eco-clubs kept selling the waste, and the remaining was used for camps, excursions and other environmental education activities. The "Clean-up Kodagu" campaign succeeded in removing littered plastic bags and paper from the streets of Coorg district, Karnataka, in south India. To know more about green days, www.kidsrgreen.org is a window to become part of a greener world. And it is just a click away!


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