Shillong: The movement for climate justice and demand for proper implementation of ban on single-use plastic products is gaining momentum in Meghalaya. St Joseph’s Girls Higher Secondary School Jaiaw under the banner of 61, Meghalaya Girls Bn. NCC Shillong Swatch Bharat, took to the streets to raise cleanliness awareness in the locality on Friday.
With an aim to educate people to care about nature and its surroundings, the students took the initiative to carry out a rally and raise slogans on saving Mother Earth.
While speaking to the principal of the school, Sister Victoria Kurbah said, “We carried out a rally around the locality today to educate the people not to litter the school surroundings and also to maintain a clean environment within their house. We wanted to spread the message to the people not to dump plastic around and to stop the use of plastic.”
“To immediately ban plastic is not possible, though initiatives have been made to advise the students to cut down on the consumption of chips and any eatables packed in plastic. Soon there will come a time that we will soon take a pledge to say no to plastic,” added Kurbah.
Meanwhile, the headman of Jaiaw, S Kharbangar said, “As a locality, we had recently carried out a cleaning drive and many of them came out in support. Even though many have been talking about banning plastic, I feel that the government should aim at shutting down the manufacturing company of plastic as that is the main source so they should start from there. “