While plastic has many valuable uses, we have become addicted to single-use or disposable plastic – with severe environmental consequences. Around the world, one million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute, while up to 5 trillion single-use plastic bags are used worldwide every year. In total, half of all plastic produced is designed to be used only once and then thrown away.
staggering 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in the world’s oceans every year.
How does it get there? A lot of it comes from the world’s lakes and rivers,
which serve as direct conduits of trash from the world’s cities to the marine
Mann Sagar Lake that surrounds the Jal Mahal in
Jaipur has become one such example of a water body polluted by plastic and is a
global tourist site known for its beauty and associated history. Recently, it’s
been polluted with a lot of plastic waste and other debris by people visiting.
Such levels of pollution not only spoils the beautiful landscape but also
threatens the local biodiversity. All the waste is being dumped here since many
years and all of it is still untreated. This has now resulted in animals
feeding on them and an unbearable odor that makes the air around toxic for
people coming there to exercise or take a walk, also almost unbreathable for
To generate awareness on this issue, a group of environmentalists and volunteers came together on July 7th and decided to take the matter in their own hands.
clean up was ideated by Green Dream Foundation and Green Feels. With the support
of just 10 volunteers, they were able to clean up 100kgs of debris lying in the
Ashish Sachdeva, Founder
of Green Dream Foundation said, “This is the just the beginning. The prime
objective of cleanups is to generate awareness. The actual solution is
preventing the pollution at source. We will be making this a recurring activity
until we gain the attention of local authorities that are responsible for
maintaining this site.”
Jain, Founder of Green Feels added, “Switching to sustainable alternatives
is the need of the hour. We need to boycott single use plastics. Alternatives
already exist and now it’s a matter of time for businesses to make the
volunteers traveled all the way from Delhi since they were very concerned about
the condition of the lake which used to look very different when they visited
it years ago. Volunteers included Akash saini- social worker, Divya meena,
Avijit sharma, Ankit duklan, Garvit sharma : Students