Shillong My Passion launches new competitions for young ecologists

Shillong My Passion (SMP), a government project that aims to stimulate community action on the environment, has launched new competitions and initiatives open to the public.

Knowing that any initiative to clean up Shillong and keep it clean must be community driven, the East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner’s Office launched the SMP in September 2019.

Shillong My Passion seeks to encourage a collective effort among the citizens of the state capital to take responsibility for managing waste, using plastics and keeping their environment clean, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma leading by example at the three-year launch event. from.

A few months later, however, the Covid-19 pandemic hit and progress on the project was halted as the energies of the state government and district administration were devoted to the immediate new challenge. Now that the situation is almost back to normal, the district administration, through the efforts of DC Isawanda Laloo, has rebooted the SMP with a variety of competitions that aim to engage with the people through a range of groups. ‘age.

For 18-35 year olds, SMP has launched a “Clean Pitch Challenge” allowing the public to submit their ideas and concepts that will contribute to cleaning up the environment. Any individual or group of individuals within the specified age group may register and submit proposals, with a maximum of two proposals per applicant.

The challenge encourages participants to dream big and develop a sustainable platform that can be replicated across the state, country and the world, which is in line with the state government’s belief that young people in Meghalaya have the potential to change the world.

The winning pitch must advocate strong and environmentally friendly behavior among young people, promote positive waste management behavior, provide a platform for green ideas and personalities to flourish and create a trend responsible thinking in society.

For 16-18 year olds, there is a campaign to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle in schools. Those interested should form mini-clubs of 3 to 15 members who will put the “3R principle” into practice in their daily lives, whether at home, at school or in their neighbourhood. To enter the competition, each mini club must take a video or photo of its members using recycled materials and upload it to social media by tagging @shillongmypassion and using the hashtag #shillongmypassion. Winners will be chosen through a combination of audience engagement and the judgment of a selected jury.

The “Best out of Waste” project brings together young people and their parents in a fun and collaborative way. It is an age where objects and possessions are thrown away without a second thought, only to be bought and accumulated. With the environmental crisis facing our world, it is absolutely necessary to inculcate the practice of reuse, recycling and upcycling in the children of Shillong.

This project encourages parents to upload videos or photos of themselves and their children working on such activities, upload them to social media while tagging @shillongmypassion and using the hashtags #shillongmypassion and #bestoutofwaste.

Examples of such activities include making a pen from a cardboard packet, a potpourri from fruit peelings, candles from pencils, decorations from bottles or even of a creative bottle jar. The winners will again be chosen through a combination of audience engagement and the judgment of a selected jury.

Those interested in participating can visit SMP’s website and follow its social media handles on Instagram and Facebook.

Today, two other Shillong My Passion activities have also been launched to engage stakeholders.

Operation Clean Up will work with various communities through the Dorbar Shnongs in Nongrah, Lapalang and Umpling to advance the cleanup, regeneration and protection of water bodies in these areas.

SMP also collaborated with HYPE – Helping Young People Entertainment, the organizers of HILLS Festival 2022 to make the event eco-friendly while educating attendees about waste management.

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