| November 23, 2008 at 12:16 am
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While the environmentalist and the scientist are still figuring out the ways to fight the plastic menace, Narayani Devi 85 year’s old illiterate resident of a village Thureti 10 k.m from Nainbagh and 50 K.M from Mussoorie has found a novel way of getting rid of unwanted plastic. She collected the plastic bags from around the area and began weaving a carpet (Chatai) for herself made of plastic ropes. Few years ago sitting in her lawns was disgusted with the unwanted plastic which was destroying the environment in the area and seeing that nothing was been done took to task of weaving fine colourful carpet for herself. She said, “I collect whatever plastic I can lay my hands to and convert into fine rope for the carpet”. She added the plastic of different colours add to the show of the carpet and I get a comfortable carpet for lying around in sun.”
The Teachers at Gorakhori School who first saw Narayani Devi with the plastic carpet wee of the view that she should be treated as the role model for all working in the field of conservation of the environment.Thy added further that this was best form of recycling which could be initiated anywhere in the country and become a source of revenue generation. The efforts of Narayani Devi are commendable and worth self emulating and will go a long way in preserving the environment.
Dr.Uday Gaur a biology lecturer at the gorakhori school who first saw the work says we should learn a lesson or two from Narayani devi and if there is will as shown by Narayani devi then the menace could be tackled effectively.