The Alternative presents: Don’t throw that away! August 2nd and 9th at Atta Galatta

An interactive and fun workshop children on recycling and the exciting possibilities of junk.


Watch…
The wonder in their eyes,

As they skate up to delight

To ask her for a ride!

One of the most special things about children is their ability to constantly wonder about every facet of life. They delight in the little things, be it blowing bubbles on a sunny afternoon, watching popcorn pop and crackle, seeing a butterfly emerge from a pupa, Chota Bheem help King Indravarma, or in learning to skate, run, dance, or paint.

The Alternative is taking this childlike joy into the world of sustainability. In a series of workshops starting with reuse and recycling, The Alternative is using fun, interactive sessions to talk to children about how ‘waste’ or ‘junk’ is created everyday, in our homes, workplaces, school, and public spaces, and how this world of waste can be transformed into something new and wonderful, by recycling and upcycling.

Perhaps, the children can see how plants can grown in discarded plastic bottles and light fixtures, maybe they can learn to make a piece of art or dolls out of straw and styrofoam, they can paint the outer shell of passion fruit and eggshells and create an exciting display for their classrooms or they can grow their very own kitchen garden and discover that they have a green thumb. The possibilities are endless! We want to spark off conversations, endless questions, between children and parents and their peer group, so we empower them to make tiny, sustainable changes in their everyday. We are excited about speaking to the future agents of change and laying the foundation for a socially conscious citizenry, starting with its youngest, most passionate participants.

The programme uses gaming, DIY exercises, design thinking principles and fun, interactive sessions that help children easily connect their lives to the world around them. Children are empowered to carry out small actions in their homes and within their communities that can bring out positive impact.

Don’t throw that away

The session on reuse and recycling is a fun 2-hour parent-child session that gets children to think about where their waste goes and how they can create something beautiful and useful out of it and not let it land up in landfills. During the recycling session, kids will learn the following:

What lives in the trash can
The journey of the dustbin – from home to the landfill.
Nothing is waste – Children will understand the potential of all the material they are throwing away. They will know the number of people that work behind the scenes in the informal sector to convert waste to something useful and earn a livelihood from it
Make good of your junk – Parents and children will come up easy ways to make more out of their household waste
DIY: A Do-It-Yourself activity where participants will make something beautiful out of everyday stuff and take it back with them, conducted by our partner The Craft Caravan.

Dates: August 2nd and 9th

Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Venue: Atta Galatta, Koramangala, Bangalore

Workshop Fees: Rs. 200

Open to children from 4 to 12. Write to contact@thealternative.in/ call +9886400312 to register.

About The Alternative

The Alternative is a media platform focused on sustainable living and social impact. We strive to make sustainability an everyday conversation through choices we can make in our daily lives – from food to travel – in a way that lends itself to positive social impact. We promote the ideas of social good in everyday life through our online publication, a bi-monthly sustainability bazaar and a children’s program on sustainability.


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The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created--created first in the mind and will, created next in activity. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. more

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