Pune: In a bid to create environmental awareness amongst the students, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has sent a circular to affiliated schools to sensitise students on the issue. The initiative is being taken on the occasion of World Environment Day, which is on June 5.
This year, India is hosting the day at the global level, in collaboration with UN Environment, on the theme ‘Plastic Pollution’. Interestingly, the theme also corresponds to Maharashtra government’s plastic ban. The board has instructed to encourage students to refuse, reduce and reuse plastic products in daily life.
The schools have also been told to have waste audits and devise ways to reduce the waste generated in the school.
Other suggestions made by the board include banning bottles, wrappers, packaging, bags, cups, plates, tumblers made of plastic or polystyrene in school premises and canteen and encourage the use of biodegradable products.
To bring about a greater participation from the students, the board has also suggested organising neighbourhood outreach activities under Eco-Club, wherein students can educate people about the hazards caused by plastic waste.