On Feb 1st, MUN Impact Chennai collaborated with OASIS, a club that focuses on water contamination, in order to conduct a lake clean-up activity near the bridge on Bajanai Koil Street, Chennai. This topic was relevant to our community because Chennai has been experiencing water crisis issues for the past few years. We wanted to ensure that difficult access to clean water, as a result of water contamination, does not restrict the local community from being able to drink and use water.
Fortunately, the school had Discovery Day where students organize activities regarding their passion. With some of the other high school students, we were able to conduct this activity.
The area was fully contaminated with trash from plastic bags and bottles to shoes and medical syringes. Some of the litter was embedded into the ground which made it difficult for us to remove them.
Initially, the team was planning to paint the walls bordering the lake, however, due to confirmation issues we created a sign, in Tamil and English, in order to persuade people not to litter. We also wanted to encourage them to think once again before throwing away trash. Additionally, our group installed a rubbish bin next to the lake we cleaned and two more at the nearby beach.