Students of The Shri Ram School, Aravali, will celebrate the ‘Earth Hour’ on Saturday, but with a difference.
For the past one week, students of Class 6 to 12 have been collecting waste paper, including newspapers and magazines.
So far, they have collected 12,000 kg of paper, amounting Rs90,000.
They want to use the money for some social cause.
“Our school had organised the environment week from March 19 to 23. During this period, I ensured that not a piece of paper went out of my house. I used to carry 3-4kg of paper to school daily,” said Ankita Banerjee of Class 12.
Sudha Sahay, principal of the senior school, said “Our environment is deteriorating. When the students came with the idea, we agreed as it is an effort to contribute our bit to save environment. It is the students’ initiative and we are extending our support to them.”
She added, “We are considering installing solar lights in nearby villages with the amount collected. We are working on this project with the help of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).”
Meanwhile, Prannay Vir Singh Kohli, head of environment in the student council, told Hindustan Times, “We want to sensitise people and take the initiative to greater heights every year.”