Kenneth Rodrigues –Std IX
(This article was published in Times NIE, 26th March 2018)
An Ecobrick is a one litre plastic bottle stuffed with non-biodegradable waste to create a building block. The ecobrick can weigh around three to four kgs. Ecobricks are used to make modular furniture, garden spaces and full scale buildings such as schools and houses. Ecobricks provide a zero-cost solid waste solution for individuals, households, schools and communities.
The first Outdoor Workshop for the Green Schools Campaign called the “Story of a Bottle” was conducted by the “Green Line” organization and it was attended by the nature club members. The school’s task was to make ecobricks with the objective of reducing non- biodegradable waste and to provide sanitation facility to slums .Each student was told to contribute as many ecobricks as they could make. The students of the school with the help of their teachers contributed 1729 Ecobricks.
The Green Schools Award Ceremony, organized by Green Line, was graced by Afroz Shah, the chief guest for the event. He was awarded the 2016 Champion of the Earth (the UN’s highest environmental honour).Fr. Savio Silveira, the Director of the Green-line organization, addressed the gathering. The school won two awards: “The BoTo School Award” for colleting the highest number of Ecobricks and “the School with Exceptional Improvement award”.