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Indian Youth Climate Network

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Transcript of Indian Youth Climate Network

Indian Youth Climate Network
The Zero Littering Campaign
Solid Waste Management:
The Shillong Youth Perspective

Indian Youth Climate Network
Shillong Municipal Board (SMB)

IYCN was founded in 2008 as a coalition of young people & youth-oriented organisations to take action on climate change

The idea to start something new, something bold came about on noticing the lack of representation of Indian youth in the UNFCCC COP international climate negotiations in Bali, 2007

The network was registered as a not-for-profit national society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 in 2009
The purpose of IYCN is to bring the voice of Indian Youth on the Global platform- South Asia being one of the most vulnerable regions affected Climate Change and catastrophic events

Encourages different people with various backgrounds to work together to spread awareness and implement solutions

The platforms of public awareness campaigns, policy advocacy and result-oriented on-ground hands-on projects are used to bring dynamic youth together and to create change agents

Activity Areas:

COP Delegations
Eco Audits
Solutions Fairs
Waste Management Projects
Rural Climate Fellows
Youth Summits & Workshops
Rural Energy Projects
Action Research

As a growing youth network also seeking to learn from other’s experience, IYCN has partnered with various entities for campaigns & projects such as:
Centre for Environment Education (CEE)
Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)
Cerena Foundation
Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA)
Development Alternatives
Eco Cabs
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
Global Coalition for Climate Action (GCCA)

German Embassy
Indian Network for Ethics and Climate Change (INECC)
Initiatives of change Indonesia
Meghalaya Basin Development Authority
Moser Baer
North-East Hill University
Sanctuary Magazine
Switch ON
US Consulate in Hyderabad
WWF India
Currently the SMB has established the zero littering programme in 98 schools and 6 colleges with the . Under the campaign the participating students from school/college:

Attend orientation training for students
Pledge to not litter
Form “Zero Littering Crusaders’ Club”
Selection of teacher coordinators
Elect Club Leaders
Plan Activities and Meet Regularly at the club level
Collect the Pledge signatures of “ZERO LITTERING LIFESTYLE” from 100 persons
Participate in various competitions and other activities

IYCN aims to take this campaign further by covering the remaining 5 schools and 20 universities along with ensuring proper implementation of the campaign in the schools already covered.
Setting up segregation bins in schools/ colleges at mutually determined locations
Design monitoring measures for the lanes and ensure that co-ordinators adopt the same
Coordinate the municipality with the institutions for waste collection
Facilitate adoption of minimum waste policy with re-use, reduce, recycle and REFUSE
Introduce and promote usage of steel bottles/ glass mugs
Introduce a no plastic zone on campus (no plastic cups on occasions, no plastic bottles)
Promote Refusal to take any plastic bags
Engaging the school in on-campus composting practice for the wet/organic waste or demonstration of composting practices with support from other organizations
Ensure a detailed guideline for coordinators to ascertain student participation and ensure appropriate reporting
Time frame: ( This section will be updated after demo exercise)
2 months (September- October) for covering all schools and colleges for the no littering programme

3 months (February- March- April) for bin installation and implementation of the initiatives in all schools and colleges

Maintain the current hierarchical structure introduced by SMB under the zero littering programme
Individual high performers get an award and certificate at inter-school/ college competitions
Schools/colleges get awarded basis the cleanliness of their adopted lane
Best innovative ideas for waste management gets awarded
Among all the schools and colleges the most enthusiastic and dedicated students towards waste management get a chance to work with IYCN

5 core IYCN representatives
5 interns/volunteers

Target Laitumkhrah as pilot programme which includes roughly 300 commercial units (figures provided by SMB)

IYCN representatives visit all the commercial units in Laitumkhrah (authorization from the Urban Affairs department) and give the owner/ Sr. Manager a detailed talk on waste management

Conduct a survey for all commercial units in Laitumkhrah to find out their waste management practices
On the basis of the survey results, create an awareness and implementation programme for all commercial units
Give information on waste management through a brochure (including details and pictures) to the entire staff
Personally label their bins with the stickers ( Green- recyclable, Brown- Kitchen/ garden waste, black- non recyclable)
Align municipality with the commercial units for waste collection ( Different days for different kind of waste or different trucks)
Install segregated bins on the Laitumkhrah stretch

Commercial Phase
Time Frame:
2 months (November – December) for the complete survey for all commercial units

4 months (April, May, June and July)

5 core IYCN members
15 interns/ volunteers

A certificate from the SMB and Urban affairs for the commercial unit to display
The commercial unit can get stars for their waste management practice one being the least and 5 being the max
These stars can be displayed on the main entrance with “ we care for the environment” this will make them undertake ethical practices
Tax Benefits

Household Phase
There are approximately 6000 households (figures provided by SMB) in laitumkhrah which need to be addressed under the waste management programme. These households will have to be covered locality wise.

The localities can be awarded depending upon their waste management
The locality heads can also choose the best households and they can be awarded in a locality meet

8-12 months? (TBD)

5 core IYCN members
25-30 interns/ volunteers

Locality heads to be called for a meeting
One presentation per locality with attendance representative of majority of households (as facilitated by the dorbar)
Installing big segregating bins per locality
Locality heads appoint coordinators and monitors
Standardize pick up time for segregated waste ( in consultation with the municipality)
Locality programmes to spread awareness about waste segregation
Random visits to locality to monitor and check progress and deal with issues

What we aim to do with the segregated waste?
Wet waste to be used by the institutions to produce compost in their premises
Organic wet waste from commercial units and households will be utilized by us to make into compost
Recyclable waste to be given to facilities with the capacity to recycle
Non- recyclable waste can be used innovatively by different organizations like Bethany Society (making shopping bags from plastic etc. )

What more might be taken up ?
Collaboration with various festivals for their waste collection and waste management- ITM, Pinkathon, Music Festival (April)
Awareness programmes through radio, TV, festivals and stage shows
Making a documentary on the current state of waste management in Shillong
Collaboration with The Northeast Today (TNT) Magazine
Presence on social media (facebook, twitter and Instagram) through IYCN Channels
Flash mobs in Laitumkhrah
Cleanliness drive- students are taken on a field trip and they clean the streets
On special days designated environmentally important- partner with SMB to host events or cleaning/awareness drives
Host rallies and give out information leaflets to interested people
Conduct targeted, result oriented Workshops & Seminars
What more can be taken up?
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