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Department of Environmental Science organised a field trip to Sundarban Mangrove Forest

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Students from the Department of Environmental Science, IUB went on a field trip to the Sundarbans Mangrove Forest as part of their course activities. The purpose of the field trip was to give students idea about the mangrove ecosystem, expose them to changing dynamics of the forest due to human interventions and to investigate the possible causes. During the trip, students were engaged in multiple activities including beach clean-up, discussion session with tourists, and sample (water and soil) collection for laboratory investigation. The team was led by Md. Ekhtekharul Islam, Senior Lecturer, DES; Mr. Saquib Ahmad Khan, Lecturer, DES; and Dr. Tanvir Chowdhury, Adjunct Faculty, DES.
Several enthusiastic students who were from River Conservation Club, IUB conducted a focus group discussion session with tourists during the trip. This was done with an aim to discover their perspectives about the conservation of water bodies. It was clear from the discussion that they were all supporting the causes of water pollution in our country due to plastic pollution. To reduce pollution, they stressed on the importance of self-awareness and efficacious steps from government to save our water bodies from further pollution.
A group of highly influenced and impassioned individuals from the Green Planet Club, IUB conducted the on-trend Trash Tag Challenge. The Trash Tag Challenge has become a viral trend across the world which is prompting people to clean up littered places and post a before/after picture. This movement is sweeping across the world and encouraging people to have a better perspective towards the environment by cleaning it up. The team from the Green Planet Club set out to Kotka beach at the dawn of the day and collected over 20 bags of trash along the beach side with volunteer help from a line-up of other students from the department.