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Making eco champions

At P.S. Senior Secondary School in Mylapore, the management and the students strive together to keep the campus plastic-free and waste-free.

Last year, the school formed ‘Eco-champions’, a student club committed to creating eco-consciousness and running green campaigns. In an effort to minimise the use of plastic, the students plant a sapling each at the school’s organic garden on their birthdays instead of bringing toffees and chocolates.

The students club also works to keep the premises free of litter by encouraging fellow students to dispose of garbage, recyclable plastic and other waste in the colour-coded bins. They bring metal water bottles instead of PET bottles.

The waste paper generated at the school is sent to recyclers and turned into new A4 sheets. Their art project models are mostly made with discarded and recycled material.

Last year, the students shot a 11-minute documentary called ‘Meetchi’ which highlighted the problems resulting from improper waste management and disposal.

“We ensure that our students are sensitised about the environment. They shouldn’t be clueless about the problems plaguing the world and they should be taught how to take responsibility for creating a sustainable planet for themselves and the future generations,” says principal Revathy Parameswaran.

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Vidya Mandir

Vidya Mandir in Mylapore started its sustainability journey with a terrace garden. The students play an active role in the maintenance of the garden which has a variety of creepers, flowering plants, vegetable plants and fruit-bearing trees. The green waste generated from the waste is composted on the campus and the manure is used in the garden.

This year, 173 students appearing for the Class XII public examination received saplings along with their hall tickets.

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