-Contributed by Calvin Rozario – Std VIII
(This article was published in Times NIE, 26th March 2018)
Don Bosco school can be called a Green school of Mumbai for its unflinching activism in the protection of the environment. Let’s take you on a Green Journey through our campus.
The school’s boundary walls are etched with mural paintings by students, highlighting concern for the environment.
The school has been engaged in harnessing solar energy and the Secondary school office and the Provincial building are run on solar power, thus saving on electricity, reducing carbon footprint and conserving carbon credit.
In the near future if we electrify the entire school with solar energy, the school would not only be energy sufficient but also export energy to the Discom companies via net metering.
Net metering can help optimize the usage of green power generated without wastage or monetary loss.Net metering is a concept which records net energy between export of generated energy from solar panels and import of grid energy/power for a billing month. Solar energy can be a perfect solution for the energy crisis, global warming and the depletion of fossil fuels.
Our school is also instrumental in taking up the task of segregation of waste. The waste is segregated into wet waste and non-biodegradable dry waste (includes plastic waste, tin or can waste and electrical waste). The non bio-degradable waste is then sent for recycling and the wet waste is converted to organic manure. This manure is utilized for the plants in campus and vegetable garden that is maintained on the terrace of the Provincial House Building housed in the school campus.
A variety of plants and vegetables are organically grown in this garden. The rooftop of the Provincial building is home to a host of ornamental, flowering plants and has a variety of fruits: custard-apple, papaya, pomegranate, lemon, orange, pineapple, gooseberry, mango, star fruit and rose-apple. “Herbs (basil, lemon grass, tulsi, mint, etc), spices and seasonal vegetables such as lady’s finger, brinjal, drumstick and varieties of beans can be found under one roof. A new initiative of the school’s Go Green Project is the Green House situated behind the Provincial Building. The Coconut husk used in place of soil, here, is renewable, less acidic, lasts longer and has high water retention capacity. Different sprouts like chana, moong, mustard and beetroot are grown there.
Partnering with Green Line, an NGO initiated by Fr. Savio Silveria has been instrumental in making the School a conscientious crusader for the environment.
The school campus is an exemplar of going green. Through our work we aspire to inspire other schools and organizations to be green warriors.