Plastic pollution message taken to Kaziranga

Spreading awareness of the harmful impacts of plastic was at the heart of this year’s World Environment Day with thousands of people around the world taking part in events focused on the ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ theme. Elephant Family supported a number of events including one in Kaziranga, an important wildlife landscape in North East India, where five key elephant corridors have been secured and now provide connectivity for almost 2,000 elephants.

Organised by Elephant Family’s conservation partner the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) and the Green Corridor Champion Team, Duarbagori Cooperative Society Ltd. (DBCS) the event was attended by officials and local social workers along with the staff and students of Rangaloo LP School which lies in the fringe area of the Amguri elephant corridor.

A lively rally followed by an essay competition on the ‘effects and solutions of plastic pollution’ got students actively engaged in the spirit of the day. The president of the school committee and WTI members also highlighted the importance of securing elephant corridors and the negative impacts of plastic on the environment and forests. The DBCS team demonstrated how to reuse waste plastic materials by making bird feeders out of discarded plastic bottles and the event concluded with prizes distributed to the winners of the essay competition.

“You could not fault the enthusiasm and participation of the students who were eager to learn and to take that learning home to share with family and friends,” said WTI’s Upasana Ganguly.