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Clean Green Projects

      To address the growing concern of garbage management, the CEE conceptualized a special program for youth to create awareness about the need and value of contribution to overall management of solid waste in the city. The knowledge that a number of youth were keen to devote time and energy towards the protection of the environment catapulted the conception of this idea into the CGP '94.

      Among the objectives of the CGP are to involve youth in garbage management projects, to enable youth to mobilize communities to work towards improving management of their waste and to ensure the sustainability of these actions.

      Each CGP consists of four modules

  1. orientation
  2. research
  3. communication
  4. action

      Interested participants are contacted by announcing the projects in newspapers and by posters placed strategically at spots frequented by youngsters.

CGP '94

      This was the first of the CGP series, and had a total of 20 youngsters from the city participating. The focus area of this project was solid waste management, with areas in the western suburbs of Ahmedabad such as Manekbaug Society, Saraswatinagar Society, and the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) residential complex being the target areas.

      The orientation included briefings by experts such as Mr. P.U. Asnani, Dy. Municipal Commissioner, a site visit to a landfill, other similar sessions,etc. After preparing questionnaires the participants fanned out in the targetted areas to survey the residents. After preparing a communication strategy, finally a series of Garbage Melas were held.

      Media prepared during this project included a puppet show, garbage related games, posters, stickers, etc.

CGP '95

      This project was designed so as to get the participants to provide information about garbage, it's disposal and problem areas and to develop a communications strategy to deal with the problem areas. It helped create awareness among people about the need for segregation to efficiently manage garbage in their neighbourhood. Various residential areas were selected for this project. The participants were divided into groups according to the size of residential area. An interview guide with questions on garbage disposal and collection methods at household level and neighbourhood level was developed by us. And after analysis of this data collected by us, a puppet show was developed by the participants. This puppet show is being used by CYWEN till date. Finally a garbage mela (festival) was held at CEE on World Environment Day which utilized all the above media.

CGP '96

      The Clean Green Project '96 concentrated on garbage management in certain commercial areas of the city and on vehicular air pollution. As part of our strategy, we arranged for the municipality to collect waste from garbage bins kept by the commercial complexes. Also, a separate collection and disposal facility for infectious wastes from hospitals was agreed upon. We organized and awareness campaign and put up mini-posters dissuading people from using plastic bags and settling for cloth bags instead.

      To address the problem of air pollution, we assessed the awareness levels among the vehicle and garage owners about auto exhaust emissions, their impact on health and control measures required. The Gujarat Pollution Control Board(GPCB ) organised auto exhaust emission tests and CGP participants distributed pamphlets and stickers with messages on measures to reduce air pollution. A workshop on "Air Pollution and Control" was organized to discuss the policy of issual of Pollution Under Control certificates to vehicle owners after due testing.

Exhibition

      The idea of setting up an exhibition germinated in our minds while attending a workshop on 'Communication & Developing Media'. It was while attending this workshop that we developed a rough strategy on exhibition on 'Garbage' & related problems. As most of us were college students we decided to basically target this exhibition at other college going students and the theme of the exhibition was decided as 'A Day in Your Life'. This theme was selected to make people esp. students aware as to how they unknowingly generate garbage from their daily activities & how to deal with this problem.

      Moreover it made more sense to go to various colleges rather than getting our target audience at one place to see the exhibition & so the idea was to create a 'mobile' exhibition which would be easy to carry.

      In order to increase the reach of our exhibition, the panels of the exhibition were prepared with text both in English & Gujarati. The main message conveyed was 'REDUCE, REUSE & RECYCLE.

      The exhibition mainly consisted of panels, which had most of text and a supporting visual along with interactive models. There were 13 panels in all & 3 main models. The models were 1. A Globe covered with Garbage, 2. A model showing the process of composting & 3. The whole garbage cycle.

      The first exhibition was held at L.D. College of Engineering on 17th Dec. '96. Following this the exhibition has had 70 showings at several colleges, schools, festivals etc. in the city with a total of almost 10,000 people attending these.

Slide Show:

      The slide show, called 'No Concern, Why Bother?', highlighted the plight of people such as the ragpicker and sweeper, who form part of the waste disposal chain. The show talks about their work and the problems they face and also brings forth the lack of concern among citizens about the garbage they generate. There are a total of 63 slides forming the show and CYWEN members prepared these with resource persons from the CEE.

      The slide show has traveled as a package along with the exhibition.