Published: 08th May 2019
The Green Protocol Programme lists a set of wonder rules that have helped keep Kerala clean
Here's how the Suchitwa Mission's programme has managed to clean up Kerala with the help of the state's students
The education system is in urgent need of some cleaning up. And although many before their time have attempted to change the state of things, its the Suchitwa Mission's Green Protocol Programme that has come closest to bringing about a well-needed difference. The programme which was introduced during the National Games of 2016 charted a set of measures that can be brought into action to ensure a reduction of waste to prevent the use of disposable waste and encouraging the use of alternative materials that are reusable.
Programme Officer Amir Shah explains, "In 2016, we had introduced a number of schemes to reduce waste. This was especially when it came to frequently used items like paper, thermocol, plastic and other such objects. Following the games, we found a lot of disposable items such as glasses, plates and bottles strewn about everywhere. We introduced a series of rules that could be followed and practised in order to deal with this situation effectively."
SCHOOL RULES: The campaign was introduced in a number of schools
Following its success post the games, the Mission decided to introduce their wonder list of measures to a number of programmes across Kerala. Shah elaborates, "So we are introducing Green Protocol in other areas of governance as well to ensure that such careless wasteful behaviour can be controlled in different environments. We also make it a point to practise the segregation of biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste. Biodegradable products can be sent to compost." The Green Protocol has been implemented in major events across Kerala such as the Sabarimala Pilgrimage, Attukal Pongala, Malayatoor festival and other temple festivals. The same rules are currently being implemented during the election process as well.
Where the programme found its most promising results were in schools across the state. This massive campaign was introduced in a number of schools across the state. Titled 'Green Campus, Clean Campus', it ensures that students across various colleges and schools follow a very basic set of rules when it came to waste management. In addition to this, the programme is further implemented through NSS programmes and by incorporating the public into the process.
FOLLOW UP: The Green Protocol has been implemented in major events across Kerala
Extremely pleased with the result of the initiative, Amir says, "We got a 100 per cent positive response from the students. They are the next generation and they are responsible for our future. So it makes a world of sense to introduce such an initiative through them and with their best interests at heart." The programme has also been rolled out during the Kerala School Kalolsavam programme where students display their best talents and artistic abilities."
To ensure that the programme is followed carefully, a court order has been put in place about the disposable items. In addition to this, the Director of Public Instruction has issued an order regarding the programme by banning all types of plastic wrappers for packing food materials and carrying water bottles. The Mission encourages and provides alternatives made with alternatives such as aluminium and other metals. The Suchitwa Mission and the students associated with it have taken it upon themselves to take out the dirty laundry. Now it's up to the rest of us to make sure that they haven't missed a spot!