The students' efforts underline the pressing need to address plastic pollution, which poses significant threats to ecosystems and human health.

Rajshahi, July 2 (V7N)- Near Laxmipur Girls' High School in Rajshahi, one of the busiest intersections in the city is surrounded by various plastic products.
The students of this school created two projects:
one depicting a plastic-free Laxmipur intersection and the other a plastic-laden intersection. These projects were placed side by side to highlight the horrors of plastic usage. On Monday (July 1), 100 students from Alor Patshala, operated by Prothom Alo Trust, and Laxmipur Girls' High School participated in the graduation ceremony of the Plastic-Free Campus Project.
They presented their plastic-free campus projects at the event. Rajshahi's Additional Deputy Commissioner (Education and ICT) Mohinul Hasan declared both school campuses plastic-free.
The initiative to create a plastic-free campus was taken by the Environment and Social Development Organization (ESDO) and Mutual Trust Bank. For the past one and a half years, students from both schools have been involved in this program. The project was inaugurated on January 22 last year.
Monday marked the closing ceremony, where students wore graduation caps and red and yellow T-shirts. They showcased a total of 16 projects.
The plastic-free city project by Laxmipur Girls' High School students emerged as the champion. The project was created by Ishrat Jahan, Ananya Rouf, Tasnia Islam, and Nusrat Jahan. Their alternative plastic product usage project was the runner-up. It was created by Alor Patshala students Rahi, Swapna, Afia, Sahela, and Farhana. The project on how plastic pollutes soil and water was the runner-up, created by Patshala students Jesmin, Sonia, Suraiya, Shraboni, and Lamia.
The event was presided over by Irene Jafar, the principal of Laxmipur Girls' High School. The chief guest was Rajshahi Additional Deputy Commissioner (Education and ICT) Mohinul Hasan. Special guests included Saiful Islam, Deputy Director of the Department of Environment's Bogura Divisional Office, and Kabir Hossain, Assistant Director of the Rajshahi Office. In his keynote speech, the Additional Deputy Commissioner said that these students are growing up as the new generation.
Addressing the students, he said, "You have been involved in this program for a year. Your responsibility has increased. Because these two schools have been selected from the entire Rajshahi metropolis, and the students of these two schools have been made aware of the issues with plastic." He mentioned the amount of plastic being thrown into the river, which does not decompose and ends up in fish, entering our bodies through them. "This indicates that we are the victims of the damage we are causing to the environment," he said.
In his speech, he declared these two schools plastic-free. At the end of the ceremony, students celebrated by tossing their caps into the air.