It is indeed rightly said that childhood is a magic period! It is a time when when the child’s imagination has no limits and her thinking is most beautiful. Given anything to make something creative out of anything, she will without doubt come out with some or the other adorable souvenir! This is what was experienced by the members and volunteers of the Delhi Greens ‘Waste to Magic’ project team while conducting a workshop at the Bal Bharti Public School, Pitampura. The Waste to Magic workshop turned out to be (what is usually is) an exciting and interactive exchange of concerns and ideas about creative ways of reducing, reusing and recycling our ‘waste’. Its conclusion was the very redefinition of the word ‘waste’, from something that is not needed and should be discarded to something that can be molded and reused is so many ways!
The workshop began with a introductory discussion on the 3Rs of waste management, viz. Reduce, Reuse & Recycle. The students were made to think and list the items which they had recently discarded from their homes. They were then made to rethink of the possible alternate uses of such items. An on-the-spot inventorization of these solutions was made out of the out-of-the-box solutions provided by the students themselves. The response by the students was commendable and the students remained full of energy throughout the course of the workshop.
The creative section of the workshop taught the students how to make beautiful pen/pencil holders, jeweleries, wall hangings, birthday party ring chains, flower vases from old newspapers and magazines, CDs, pencil peelings, waste plastic bottles, used Tetrapaks and various regular household waste. Students from different classes actively and inquisitively participated in the making of these beautiful ‘waste to magic’ items. The workshop not only excited the students but also inspired and motivated them to continue their out-of-the-box thinking, which is very necessary in the solving of the ongoing and imminent environmental crisis.
The children and the youth of today are the future of tomorrow, and will also inherit the planet from the present generation (while borrowing it from the generation ahead of them!). The above mentioned workshop suitably demonstrated that the children of today are filled with ideas and creative solutions. In doing so, they embody within themselves, green energy that needs to be channelized and harnessed. The Delhi Greens’ Waste to Magic campaign is just another step in that direction and we hope to engage all the schools in Delhi NCR for highlighting the increasingly concerning issue of waste in the city.