Go Green: Reuse, Recycle, Reduce and Rethink Your Actions.
The contamination or destruction of the natural environment is known as pollution. It disturbs the natural process of the environment. Environmental pollution is the most alarming issue that the earth is facing in modern times. Environmental pollution causes many diseases and affects us mentally and physically as well. It also adds fuel to global warming. There are different types of environmental pollution, such as air pollution, water pollution, land pollution, noise pollution, etc.
India generates around 60million tons of garbage in a single day. And almost 45million a ton of this garbage is dumped untreated in the landfills, that is 75% of the trash. Cities like Mumbai and Delhi alone generate about 10million tons of waste every day. If the numbers of garbage generation continue at this current, India will need around 1200 hectares of land to dump the country?s waste. The situation is alarming and needs everyone to start taking immediate action to deal with this problem. The situation calls for action on every level, from global to national to individuals. One can begin to adopting a few changes in their life only by not using plastic on individually, by going paperless, integrating 3R?s- Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Going on a higher level, one should start to segregate waste into different bins of 2 categories- Bio-Degradable and Non-Bio Degradable. After segregation, come to composting the waste. These initiatives will surely help but looking at the current situation, and one has to incorporate new technology for larger-scale management.
How do we solve the problem?
The solution to curbing this plastic pollution is to take the initiative on all levels across the board by government, private sector, and most importantly, on an individual level. Awareness is equally vital while solving the problem. Change in the mindset of the user is the most important when dealing with a problem like plastic pollution as a product like this is majorly used for day to day life functioning. A need for 4th R of Rethink is necessary while talking about Reduce- Reuse- Recycle. Lifestyle changes like bringing your bag while shopping, not using plastic straws, carrying your bottle and not buying one, etc. Participating in government schemes to curb plastic use is another way to go.
India, as a fast-growing economy, and with a population of 1.3 billion, is a major contributor to marine plastic pollution. The ban on plastic products won't be a success unless and until each one of an individual is determined and willing to give up using plastic. P. M. Shri Narendra Modi has launched a mission to eliminate even single-use plastic in the country by the year 2022, and every individual must bring a positive change in the environment. The urgency to decline plastic is now being given its due attention by the government and the public.