A significant step to a bright future

Ever imagined a dustbin that could convert coffee waste into manure to grow mushrooms? Students of St Anne’s Degree College for Women, Ulsoor, put on their thinking hats to come up with various eco-friendly products at the inauguration of ‘Ozone Day’ celebrations held on their campus recently.

   They turned creative even for a ramp walk. On day one of the week-long celebrations, the students organised a poster-making competition as well. Head of the environment studies department and the eco club, Veenu Albert, said, “There is festive spirit everywhere around us. So I thought why not hold a different kind of celebration to express our gratitude to Mother Earth? Whatever we are, it’s because of her. So, we have taken out just one week from our busy lives to thank the earth for protecting us.”

   She hopes to create more awareness through such celebrations. Not just the teachers, the students too were excited to celebrate ‘Ozone Day’ as it was a learning experience for them.  Priyanka, a first-year BCom student, was part of the poster-making competition. She said, “We were told to collect information from different sources and come up with innovative designs. We looked up the internet, papers and read some books to finalise the content for the poster. It was fun working on it. Most importantly, it taught us that we are neglecting nature and there is a serious need to save the Earth.”  

Students went a step ahead and designed their own eco-friendly costumes using old newspapers and waste clothes. The collection was designed by a final-year BCom student and the models were excited about walking the ramp in the garments. Megha, a second-year BCom student, said, “It was my first time on the ramp. I was thrilled at the experience. Now, I know what it feels like to be on the stage.”

Another interesting act was put up by the BBM students, who performed a skit on the need to save our planet. A tribal dance concluded the programme with the message, ‘If there are no trees, it is difficult for us to survive.’ As part of the product launch, students introduced eco-friendly deodorant and paper fans. They were brought in front of the audience with a creative punchline — chalta hai nau se gyarah. The students pledged to turn off all the lights at home on one day for one hour during the week and also to travel by public transport on the concluding day of the celebrations.

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