IISER Berhampur celebrates 3rd Jan Jattiya Divas 2023 with "My Village - Clean Village - Plastic-free Village" Campaign.
On 26th November 2023 student members of Jigyasa club of the IISER Berhampur celebrated 3rd Jan Jatiya Divas 2023 together with the Constitution day with a "My Village - Clean Village - Plastic-free Village" campaign. Students held awareness on this issue through a street play in two villages, namely Kirtipur and Laudigam in Ganjam district of Odisha. The aim of the campaign was to create awareness and educate villagers of dangers of plastic and microplastic pollution, and its impact on the human health and environment. Through their street play, 12 team members of Jigyasa emphasized the need for behavioral and lifestyle changes. to mitigate the adverse impact of plastics. Their engaging performance coupled with compelling storytelling illustrated the need for avoiding plastic and microplastic in day-to-day life. Their act highlighted how plastic waste creates waste disposal challenges and even pollutes our water bodies, contributes to the soil degradation, and harms both human and other living beings. Explaining the health hazards street play demonstrated as to how plastics, especially micro-plastic enters the food chain. Street play further suggested proper waste disposal methods, alternative to plastic usage, and eco-friendly living. The street play was appreciated by the village authorities and villagers themselves. Community members expressed appreciation for IISER Berhampur efforts, and assured to take appropriate actions.