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One Day, One Planet, One Goal

By Ashish Rajkumar Sanglikar
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Mumbai, Sep. 19. One hundred and eighty-five students and eleven teachers from Don Bosco Junior and Senior College, Yerwada, Pune collected over five tonnes of river waste during a Clean Up Drive at the banks of the Mula Mutta river in Pune on September 15.

The drive was organised by the Pune Chapter of AIESEC International in association with the Rotary Club of Pune, who had initiated the programme in collaboration with the national and international degree college students who are members of AIESEC studying in Pune. AIESEC is a non-governmental not-for-profit organisation in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), affiliated with the UN DPI, member of ICMYO, and is recognized by UNESCO.

The students gathered near the river bank, where they were divided into groups of 15 members each and were assigned a volunteer from AIESEC. Each participant was given a pair of hand gloves and a mask.

The volunteers helped the students find the garbage and to collect it in waste bins, which were then dumped into garbage trucks with the help of Pune Municipal Corporation workers.  

Laxmi Gawre, police health officer, addressed the students on waste reduction and introduced them to Swach Bharat app through which one could take a photograph of a garbage-filled location, and send it to Pune Municipal Corporation, who would, in turn, have the garbage collected.

Bipin Pandey, working for BEEP - IN, a waste segregation and compost making company in Mumbai addressed the students about the Red Dot Campaign, a waste management service, which aims to improve the way the residents dispose of their sanitary waste.

Satya Natrajan from Area Sabha Association of Pune spoke about environmental protection addressing issues like the human-tree ratio. He stressed that a tree should be planted every 10 meters. He briefly touched upon the Tree Regulation Act.

Lulua, member of AIESEC, Pune, said, ''The initiative started in 2017 at a smaller scale known as the Global Goal Drive but now it has extended to World's Clean Up Drive further extending it to 15 countries and 18 cities of Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad in India and kudos to Don Bosco College students who have largely participated in the clean-up drive.''

''I am indeed honoured to have participated in such a cause. Such events make us realise that we are to be blamed for littering our environment and it's our responsibility to keep it clean,'' Devesh Shah, from standard 11, said.
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