Gaia Bharat’s Innovative Workshop Hopes to Make Bharat Waste-Free
As we know, with rapid urbanization, the country is facing a massive challenge in waste management. According to government reports, urban India produces about 42.0 million tons of solid waste annually. This amounts to 1.15 lakh metric tons every day.
While some of this waste is recyclable, others are not.
They may either end up in landfills, polluting soil and underground water or they are sent to incinerators where it is burned causing pollution to the air. This toxic air is harmful to those handling waste and surrounding neighborhoods.
In a country with an intensified population, the need for proper waste management is significantly critical. Dealing with the root of India’s waste management issue lies in the lack of proper waste segregation at the source. It is the fault of those who produce waste and discard them without proper segregation.
Moreover, it is also the fault of those who are responsible for managing the municipality responsible, and those who are treating, discarding, or dumping it outside the city.
This toxic cycle of waste creation goes on without proper treatment, leading to a fault system of waste management in the country.
To help break this pattern, Gaia Bharat, a startup based in Delhi conducted ground-level research. After thorough research and data collection via various experts, common people and other stakeholders to understand the struggles of waste management.
This made them understand that awareness must be created among two primary audiences–1) The adult generation, who are current waste generators and 2) The younger generations who will be future waste generators.
Apart from providing environmental services, Gai Bharat works in the domain of solid waste management and water conservation. With a strong commitment to making every youth and adult a responsible and aware citizen of the environment, they launched an innovative workshop named ‘CAPTAIN PLANET WORKSHOP’.
As the name suggests, the aim behind this program is to motivate every youth and adult to become a ‘Captain Planet’ and preserve the environment.
Launched one month ago, the workshops are being conducted at various schools and institutions to spread awareness about waste segregation and disposal. Further, they hope to make the students understand the vast problem of waste that our country is experiencing which in turn will help to keep Bharat “Clean & Green”.
The Captain Planet workshop in action
The workshops begin with an informative presentation about waste. They cover concepts regarding the various types of waste generated, what is wet and dry waste, safe disposal methods, and more. Then, the students are handed a fun quiz. This is not only a fun activity but also a way to help students recall what they have learned from the presentation.
Finally, to end the session on a positive note, games and trivia are conducted. While the activities vary from school to school, one fun activity that was conducted at a school in Delhi was–a waste segregation competition.
Students were divided into different teams and were presented with a mystery bag filled with dummy waste. They had to grab the objects inside the bag and decide where they needed to be discarded! Either into a dry waste bin or a wet waste bin depending on its nature. However, to make the competition a little challenging, students were given only a few seconds to decide.
To keep the students engaged in waste segregation even after the workshop, Gaia Bharat also distributed wet and dry waste bins to the classes in the schools so that every child has a practical and visual experience of handling and segregating waste.
After collecting feedback and conducting data analysis, the organization noticed that 98% of participants learned about waste management, 96% of them found the workshop easy to understand and 98% learned to separate wet and dry waste.
Students attending the Captain Planet workshop
In a feedback survey that was conducted many students agreed that they learned several new concepts. Apart from that, we gathered that 80% believed that this must be taught at every other school to bring change.
To date, Gaia Bharat has conducted the workshop in 6+ schools and impacted over 500+ children. In the coming months, they have lined up workshops with many schools in various part of Delhi NCR. And they are aiming to educate 10,000+ children in coming months.
For the future, they hope to expand the workshop across India, and create awareness among thousands of youngsters and adults. How? By creating a network of volunteers across India who can help educate every single person about waste segregation. They also hope to transform the Captain Planet Workshop into a learning program in future and sell it to different institutions.
The workshop will not only help to inculcate a sense of responsibility towards our environment in our young generation but also nurture the habit of classifying waste and making BHARAT waste-free.