1060 students Make a Record to Spread an Environmental Message
10:00 AM, 3rd December 2015, St. Mary's High School ground, Kalina, Santacruz West
MUMBAI: 1060 children from 20 schools in Bandra, a suburb of Mumbai, dressed up as Mahatma Gandhi and Kasturba, performed a synchronised dance set to music of their own composition to spread the message of simple living to reduce consumption and e-waste. The record-making event was also accompanied by art installations made entirely from electronic waste. The highly charged up atmosphere was based on the theme of ‘E-waste Mitaana hai, Hindustan Bachaana Hai’ (Eliminate E-waste, Save India) as part of Project “Let’s Deal With E-Waste”.
Making a record under the aegis of OASIS, an NGO working for the cause of the environment, the project is supported by Sony Music India and H Ward Schools Science Exhibition. Rajni Patil, Project Head, OASIS says “Through the students of these 20 schools, we aim to reach out to 4,00,000 people comprising the families of the students themselves and their immediate community. E-waste has become an issue of grave concern because of the use-and-throw culture largely influenced by planned obsolescence built into electronic products, ever-increasing consumption, and the idea that irresponsible disposal of end-of-life products is acceptable as someone else’s problem.”
The eventual aim of these students is also to collect a total of 15,000 kilogram of e-waste from their homes and surrounding vicinities by 15th December, 2015. The students will be separating the e-waste into reusable, recyclable and hazardous piles, and disposing it off responsibly.
Facts about E-Waste in India
- The magnitude of E-Waste generated in India can be summed up by the ‘Global E-Waste Monitor 2014’, compiled by the UN thinktank, the United Nations University (UNU). “India country is the fifth largest E-Waste producer in the world, generating 1.7 million tonnes of waste every year out of the world’s total production of 41.8 million tonnes.”
- The UN report disclosed that around USD 52 billion worth of recyclable E-waste is dissipated annually. “An astounding 300 tonnes of gold, equal to 11% of the aggregate worldwide gold generation in 2013, could have been extricated from the E-Waste in an ecologically amicable way.”
- By 2017, all of that year’s end-of- life refrigerators, TVs, mobile phones, computers, monitors, e-toys and other products with a battery or electrical cord worldwide could fill a line of 40-ton trucks end-to-end on a highway straddling three quarters of our planet’s Equator.
- The e-waste market in India will grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 26.22% over the period 2014-19, surpassing China which is poised to grow at 19.41% CAGR during the period 2013-18.