Published: 05th September 2019
This 9-year-old boy is campaigning about the ills of plastic use in schools across Srikakulam and Abu Dhabi
Inspired by a video clip screened in the school, Harshith took up the no-plastic campaign to sensitise children and people about its ill-effects
A nine-year-old-boy Putsala Harshith, studying Class 4 in Bright Rider School in Musaffah in Abu Dhabi, a native of Srikakulam, has been conducting awareness campaigns against the use of plastic for the past one-and-a-half years.
Inspired by a video clip screened in the school on the adverse effects of plastic on the environment, he took up the no-plastic campaign to sensitise children and people about its ill-effects. He continues his no-plastic campaign in Srikakulam too where he came to spend his summer vacation. Harshith has been creating awareness against plastic use for the past one-and-a-half months in Srikakulam. He has so far covered about 20 schools in Srikakulam, Gara, Narasannapeta and other areas in the district. He began his campaign in January last year in Abu Dhabi and continues it till today.
As he was trained in robotics from Vision Kids Training Centre in Abu Dhabi, he made several robots in connection with environmental protection. The young genius also created a house cleaning robot to help his mother in cleaning the house.
Similarly, he also made a robot segregating various types of wastes like a metal waste, plastic waste, wet waste and dry waste. His recent project on robotic waste on segregation of organic compost has been selected for Dubai Expo to be held on October 18 next year. He will leave for Abu Dhabi in two days from Srikakulam as his summer vacation is coming to an end.
Speaking to TNIE, Harshith said almost one-and-a-half years ago, he saw a video clip on how living things, including human beings, were affected by the plastic waste. He said, “The domestic animals and fish were more affected than us due to environmental pollution caused by plastic waste. Though I cannot eradicate the use of plastic completely, my campaign can reduce the use of plastic.”
Harshith also said that he would continue his campaign wherever he is. He created awareness against plastic through a powerpoint presentation in various schools. The crusader covered not only schools in Srikakulam, but also Art of Living Foundation and other yoga centres in the district.
“Prior to starting the campaign, Harshith insisted on removing all the plastic-related material in the house, including plastic plates and other items," his mother Shirisha said. "Respecting his feelings, we made our house plastic-free. He prepares paper bags and distributes the same in the school and to our neighbours as part of the no-plastic use campaign," she added. He distributed clay Ganesha idols and saplings among various people in Srikakulam in the past two months, she added.