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MET presents ‘T.R .A .S .H’ Festival!

MET Rishikul Vidyalaya in association with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) had hosted a three day festival ‘T.R.A.S.H’ (Thinking, Reflecting and Acting for a Sustainable Habitat) on January 13 – 15, 2011. This unique festival promoted and demonstrated the concept of Sustainable Life Styles and targets not just students and teachers but reaches out to parents and the community at large.

MET Rishikul Vidyalaya has a vision…to create Green Citizens for the future. MRV has initiated several green initiatives in the school to enable students to imbibe green values and practices.  Besides integrating green living in the day to day education, several hands on activities like gardening, composting, beach clean up drives are an intrinsic part of the curriculum.  It is strongly believed that this festival will provide a platform to share green thoughts and ideas towards an environmentally sustainable future.

The idea of T.R.A.S.H festival 2011 was to encourage the young students and teachers to practice the 4Rs – refuse, reuse, reduce and recycle – in their daily lives and to make consumption choices that would ensure the sustainability of the planet in the years to come.   The aim of the festival was to sensitize students and teachers about waste management.  More importantly, the festival provided hands on activities and went on to demonstrate sustainable lifestyles.  
The festival has been designed with interactive, experiential and thought provoking sessions with beach clean up drive to sensitize participants to the importance of cleanliness and the importance of the beach ecosystem was carried out. 180 students from various schools participated in the programme on Jan 13.

On January 14, the event began with a welcome address by Principal - MET Rishikul Vidyalaya followed by an introductory note by Ms Supriya Singh, Research Associate – TERI this was followed by key note speaker Dr Prasad Modak, Executive President - Environment Management, work on environmental management over the past three decades has influenced the environmental policies, investments and practices on a global basis. Dr Modak’s presentation was on Carbon foot printing which taught the students and teachers how to map their day to day carbon foot-print. The next speaker was Mr Bharat Vasadani, General Manager - Green School Architecture, who is involved in strategy and finance in the green field with emphasis on green buildings and renewable energy. He spoke about the importance of green infrastructure today. The students who are ambassadors of the SEARCH Programme spoke about their experience and the work they have done in their respective schools to raise awareness on recycling and other environmental issues. This was

followed by a talk by Mr. Tushar Shah, Director - Daman Ganga who owns cycling plant showed a presentation Recycling perspective highlighting the benefits of it in today’s world. Mr Gaurav Gupta, partner, Dalberg Co-operation and founder of The Climate Project , India, through his  presentation on ‘Money does not grow on trees’ educates us on the opportunities and threats associated with climate change. The concluding session was by Mr Milan Shah, 3D Animator with United Vision, a passionate environmentalist who made small presentation on the use of green fuel – CNG a greener fuel.

Simultaneously two competitions, i.e. drawing and making products out of waste titled ‘Kabad se Jugad’ were conducted for students. Workshop on Eco-jewellery, making newspaper products, warli art greeting cards, making paper bags and envelopes, drawing competition, Kabad se Jugad competition.

As part of the festival the MRV had also organised ‘Green Mela’ on January 15, 2011. An exhibition was put together primarily with the support of parents and kids from Playgroup to Grade 7 of MET Rishikul Vidyalaya on green games, healthy food stalls, handicrafts, eco games which were put up by our enthusiastic PTA members. Artifacts, screening of films/documentaries related to different environmental issues were presented by TERI and display of tribal artwork and handicrafts by the MET Seva team.

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