Every year, June 5 is observed as World Environment Day and people could adopt simpler things to reduce the planet's vulnerability.
The theme for this year’s edition is ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’, and several government agencies and individuals are coming together for the cause.
The world is finally waking up to the issues of climate change and global warming, and massive efforts are being undertaken to protect the environment.
Setting up an example for everyone on World Environment Day, a family from Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district has shun plastic bags to keep the planet clean and green. The family has not been using plastic bags since last four years to preserve the environment.
A family member said, "We have been hearing about all the adverse affects of plastic, so we decided that we will make it a habit to not use it. Plastic bags should be banned." "We took the decision four years ago after we saw the drains in our society being clogged up during rain," he added. It is to be noted that the entire country celebrates World Environment Day on June 5 every year for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of our environment.
If you too are keen to contribute to the environment in a meaningful manner, you can opt not using plastic. Measures like carrying a cloth bag, avoiding bottled plastic water, and cardboard over plastic are some of the most easiest ones to implement in daily lives.
Media.net, an advertising technology company found by Divyankh Turakhia, a serial internet entrepreneur, observed a huge drop in dry waste accumulation by merely replacing plastic plates with steel plates.
Priya Pillai an Associate Manager for Human Resources at Media.net said that her organisation "conducted a quick study on the plastic usage in the organization and soon realised that a big chunk of the plastic menace came from the cafeteria & during meal times. "We then devised a 5 R Model- Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Raise Awareness which has helped us drastically reduce the use of plastic in our office premises."
The organisation has adopted simpler steps such as replacing all plastic plates and cutlery with stainless steel/ reusable ones, food waste segregation into wet and dry waste and encouraging employees to carry their own mugs for tea and coffee.
"At one month post launching this initiative, we saw a drop in the dry waste accumulation from 190 kgs to 100 kgs. We have received a lot of positive reinforcement from employees on these measures and believe that employees will take forward these initiatives in their lives outside work as well," Pillai added.
Simpler exercises could help contribute a meaningul manner to Mother Earth. And if you are wondering if there is a need to take control, Dr. Ajeenkya DY Patil shares an observation.
Pollution according to him has become a global menace and is endangering the entire eco-system. He shares an example, "the Garbage Patch in the Pacific Ocean - in its current state already measures 1.6 million square kilometers in dimension, which is approximately the area of the 5 largest states of India put together (Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh)."
"We need to come together and raise our voices against the use of plastic. Together, we can surely put an end to this global threat and strive for a better future," adds the President of Ajeenkya DY Patil University.