Seeds Introduces “Beat Plastic Pollution” Drive In Six East Delhi Schools
SEEDS (Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society)introduces “Beat Plastic Pollution” drive in six East Delhi schools and communities, to encourage safe environmental practices among students, teachers, parents, and communities in Delhi. These six schools are part of 50 schools identified as Honeywell Safe Schools, a holistic school safety and disaster risk reduction program.
This month-long awareness drive that commenced this World Environment Day features interactive activities such as tree plantation drive, sessionsand workshops on the hazards of using single-use plastic and environmental protection, and educational games on best environmental practices. Volunteers from Honeywell and SEEDS have engaged with more than 700 students, teachers, and parents, and communities in East Delhi, till date. Dr.Manu Gupta, Co-Founder, SEEDS, said, “We believe that a school is the pivot for driving behavioural change in families and communities towards environmental sustainability. Through Honeywell Safe Schools program, we aim to educate students, teachers, parents, and communities to reduce the use of plastic that will help preserve ecosystems, abate climate change, protect biodiversity, and human health – all of which will help create a cleaner and healthier planet.
Funded by a Honeywell India grantand implemented by SEEDS India, Honeywell Safe Schools,is a pioneering school safety program that brings a tailor-made, child-first approach towards risk reduction, empowering children to become change agents for building resilience in the communities. The program will reach 25,000 children, 40,000 parents, and 1,000 teachers in by 2020.
World Environment Day was founded by the United Nations (UN) Environment to promote worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. In 2018, the UN called for support in helping beat plastic pollution.
Founded in 1994, SEEDS is a humanitarian organisation that focuses on responding to disasters and reducing future risk. Using its strong socio-technical expertise, it works to build the resilience of communities through innovation.
Over the past 24 years, SEEDS has reached out to families affected by disasters and climate stresses; strengthened and rebuilt schools and homes; and has invariably put its faith in education, capacity building, planning and communications to foster long-term resilience. All of our work is performed with due regard for human dignity, respect for local cultures and values and accountability towards all stakeholders. It is also India’s first agency to be certified for the global Core Humanitarian Standards – an international certification system for quality and accountability in humanitarian response.
SEEDS has also been involved in the multiple processes of the 2030 agenda, taking on leading roles in civil society advocacy for the Sendai Framework for DRR and the Agenda for Humanity. We continue to advocate for and work with communities across Asia to build a safer and more sustainable world.
In recognition of our work, SEEDS has been awarded the CNN-IBN Indian of the year 2010 for Public Service and the Drukpa Award 2011 (for rehabilitation work in Ladakh); the GuideStar India NGO Transparency Award 2016; and has been recognised as a Sendai Target Champion for reducing disaster mortality by UNISDR (for our work on affordable and safe homes).
For more information, visit www.seedsindia.org
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