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Himachal Pradesh govt. to start buying single-use plastic items

 

Himachal Pradesh will start a buy-back scheme in schools and colleges to purchase single-use plastic items from students in a bid to instil a sense of environmental preservation by ‘catching them young’.

Scheme:

  • Monetary benefit: The students would be encouraged to bring single-use plastic items from their home and deposit it with the school, for which they will be paid ₹ 75 a kg by the government — the aim to inculcate a habit among the youngsters towards environment conservation.
  • Formation of Eco-clubs: Across the State, 3,000 Eco-clubs in schools and in 100 colleges under the National Green Corps programme have been formed— these Eco-clubs are an association of student-teachers that work to inculcate environmental awareness and protection.
    • Once a habit towards environmental protection is inculcated during childhood it could stay lifelong.
  • Involvement: Besides the students, the scheme also aims to involve teachers, school management committees and parents by creating awareness surrounding the ill effects of plastic waste at the district level through the Eco-club schools, covering both rural and urban schools.
  • Use for constructing roads: The single-use plastic items collected from the schools will be used in bitumen to construct roads. The roads built with plastic bitumen are durable and long-lasting, and it would help to dispose of the waste plastic

 

Specially abled children get an exclusive park

 

Context:

Karnataka State’s first disabled-friendly park in Jawaharlal Bal Bhavan (JBB), Cubbon Park was recently inaugurated.

Amenities provided:

  • Designed in the shape of a turtle, the park consists of different zones for a wide range of physical, mental, therapeutic, and touch and feel activities.
  • The park has a specially designed sand table for children on wheelchairs and a special swing.
  • Tactile pathways make it easier for visually-challenged children to navigate their way around the park.
  • To mitigate injuries from falls, all playing surfaces are made of a synthetic, non-toxic, and skid-proof rubber called EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer).

Need for such disable friendly recreation places:

Special children and their parents already struggle with numerous obstacles, biases, and misconceptions in their effort to lead full and capable lives. Instead of adding to their problems, parks or other such places must become a part of the solution by enabling children with disabilities to gain from free and unstructured play and learning just like other children.

 

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