This Saturday, those taking an evening walk through Priyadarshini Park at Napean Sea Road, will witness a lively and informative street play about environmental issues performed by a group of 10-year-old children.
While most children their age are busy playing, this group, which call itself Eco Warriors, has been holding meetings and skit rehearsals every Saturday. They have learned how to recycle paper, make paper bags and briefed residents of Shanti Nivas and neighbouring housing societies in Nana Chowk about the benefits replacing plastic bags with paper or cloth bags.
The 13 students from Bright Start Fellowship International School, Grant Road, aim to educate the public on waste management, saving fuel, greenhouse gas emission and using eco-friendly products.
A fictitious 'Letter from 2070' which predicts total destruction of the natural world due to pollution, read out in his environmental management class prompted Nisarg Shah, 10, to create this group. He encouraged his friends to join him in adopting a greener lifestyle. The children have started carrying their own shopping bags and stopped littering on roads.
The students are also concerned about water pollution caused by plaster of paris Ganpati idols and want to urge people to opt for bio-degradable idols instead. "It is better if people use mud idols and immerse them in a tub in their own homes," said Niyomi Shah, one of the performers. "People in my locality now separate dry garbage and wet garbage because of us. I hope others to follow our lead," Yash Sheth, a resident of Nana Chowk said. "The children have created awareness about the environment at home, their locality and they want to educate the public as well," said Nisarg's mother, Archana Shah.