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Students to Chirac: Don?t dump toxic waste here

Students in Capital's schools and colleges are busy signing postcards and garbage bags to voice a simple demand ?Don?t make India a waste dump?.

india Updated: Feb 08, 2006 16:03 IST

Students in Capital's schools and colleges are busy signing postcards and garbage bags to voice a simple demand ‘Don’t make India a waste dump’. Complete with their individual messages, the cards and bags will be presented to French President Jacques Chirac when he visits New Delhi next week, according to Vinuta Gopal, coordinator of the campaign at JNU.

The students' campaign highlights the issue of the dumping of hazardous waste aboard French warship Clemenceau that is sailing towards Alang ship breaking yard in Gujarat. The campaign is being run by the activists of Greenpeace International with the help of local students.

Today's pit stop was at JNU, following IP University and Vasant valley and Shri Ram Schools. The school children were also shown a National Geographic documentary "Cheating Death" that dealt with the issue of dumping toxic materials in the third world countries.

Gopal said some schools are soon coming up with their own innovative campaigns. Kickstarted by Sufi rocker Rabbi Shergill at PVR Saket by signing a blown up postcard, the initiative now boasts of over 15,000 cards from all over Delhi.

Then there are garbage filled paper bags with individual messages for Chiraq. So far, 2000 bags have been collected, with more coming. Following a demonstration outside Ministry of Environment and Forests, the Greenpeace activists have set up special desks on campuses urging volunteers to stand up against the dismantling of the warship loaded with carcenogenic material.

The NGO claimed that the response so far has been overwhelming and the campaign continues.

First Published: Feb 08, 2006 16:03 IST