Plastic Tide Turner: An Initiative Converting Plastic Into Education In India

Plastic Tide Turner: An Initiative Converting Plastic Into Education In India

As the world wakes up to a grim reality of adverse climate changes and an ever-increasing carbon footprint, there’s also a strong and sturdy community of people doing their bit to curb the damage. With a plastic-to-school challenge creating waves in the local community, our next generation upholds a seamless blend between environmental well-being and the path to education.

The Tide Turners plastic challenge, headed by the UNEP is long-standing commitment for combating plastic pollution globally. A novel initiative that revolves around creating awareness among young people about plastic consumption and altering the general outlook towards the detriments of single use plastic products and rewards those who do their bit in reducing waste.

  ‘’The summit was a reminder that it doesn’t matter how old you are, where you’re from, or what your occupation is, we all have a critical role to play in shaping the world. This generation of Indian Tide Turners have taken their first steps into environmental leadership. Already they have had huge impact in changing the plastic habits of their community and calling on companies and their schools to act on pollution.”  

— Sam Barrat, UNEP's chief of youth and advocacy

As per, participants undertake three levels of the challenge from knowledge and self-reflection, to initiating dialogues with authorities at schools and businesses to encourage them to reduce their consumption of single-use plastic products from the grassroots level.

The plastic-for-schooling programme kick-started by the Akshar Foundation the Tide Turner initiative. Along with providing children with education, it converts the plastic accumulated into bricks and works towards promoting recycling practices among local communities and reducing pollution.

The initiative has proved successful in reaching grass root levels in Assam, India, where low-income families use single-use plastic in lieu of money to pay for private schooling making the distant dreams of quality education a reality for many young Indians.

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