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Let me give info on a few kidos, doing Environmental initiatives like a professional. 
Mr Sunil Mysore from Bengaluru.. is one of the Greats.. 
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Hello Paresh,

I love and appreciate this post a lot. It goes to show that what we do is a huge part of who we are at a personal level. I have kids too, and they are a huge part of my journey. Their little minds are soaking in everything I am passionate about with respect to circularity in the sanitation sector. My Son cant stop talking about Biochar (in this case produced from Faecal Sludge) and is always keen to take part in the production and application process. 

Its amazing to see kids getting involved early in managing waste! Children's books are amazing for sparking curiosity and shaping attitudes, especially when it comes to topics like waste management and what role they can play in the sanitation conversation. These stories can really plant seeds of change in young minds.

It's certainly not just about brining them to the job to keep them occupied, or reading them a mare bedtime story; these experiences teach empathy, critical thinking, creativity, responsibility and how to appreciate our environment. By giving our children the tools and knowledge now, we're setting them up to tackle waste challenges with confidence later on.

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How to catch them young

The International  Day Of Zero Waste is yet another opportunity to highlight the profound impact of WASH on the sustainability of our planet and the significance of altering our individual and collective behaviours. “Catch them young” is an adage one often hears when discussing behaviour change, but how is not often discussed. Based on my own experience of trying to raise a kid, I think an incredibly effective avenue is through children’s literature 📖

Children’s books are designed to spark curiosity, ignite imagination, and shape attitudes from a tender age. By introducing stories that delve into the complex world of waste management, including sanitation workers who often face stigma, we can influence young minds and hopefully plant seeds of change we all wish to see.

One can think of myriad stories waiting to be discovered. They include the heroic tales of Bezwada Wilson, Late Bindeshwar Pathak, Afroz Shah, Sheela Patel, and many others. They also include educational narratives explaining the importance of segregating, composting, reducing, reusing, and recycling, RRR. Besides entertainment, these books have the potential to educate; fostering a generation that sees the waste problem as an opportunity to bring about a positive change.

The impact of such literary experiences goes beyond mere entertainment. They cultivate empathy, critical thinking, and an appreciation for the environment. By empowering the future generation with awareness, we could nurture a generation poised to tackle the challenge with determination.

As we observe the International Day of Zero Waste, let us commit to investing in resources that empower our youth. Let’s champion initiatives that bring sustainability education into schools, libraries, and homes all over. Let’s catch them young and, together, create a world where waste is not just managed but minimised, where every action contributes to a cleaner, greener tomorrow.

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