Hello friends, this morning through Devang’s blog, I become aware that today is World Environment Day. As you know that the matter of preserving our environment is very close to my heart. I have written about it from time to time. The below mentioned post was written in January ‘ 20.
It’s about one and half years since then and tell you the truth I am diligently sticking to my resolution of segregating the trash at the source that in my home. Just tthinkof it, if we all voluntarily separate the degradables from the non degradables, the former can be send for underground composting ( preventing the emission of global warming gas, methane and latter can be directly sent to be recycled without any hassle. So here it is –
It’s a third Monday of the first month of the year, January, known as ‘the blue Monday’. It’s the day when the festive fatigue set in and one tends to suffer from guilt pangs of transgressing from the devout path of sticking to those new year resolutions, meticulously made, seldom implemented. We mostly try to assuage our guilt pangs by the consoling words, ‘resolutions are made to be broken ‘.
Not this time for me though, I can proudly inform you that my resolution is already implemented and going steady at that. I have started segregating the non biodegradable waste from the biodegradables generated at my home. It may seem trivial but just imagine if each and every household of the world began doing the same, the man made hills of dumpyards would become the source of organic manure and the microplastics and other toxic substances leaching to our food chain could be solved to large extent.
You may think, my dreams to be too far fetched to be practical. But if we all put our mind to it, resolutely, nothing is impossible. Friends if we deduct the ubiquitous polythene carrybags, which is banned in some countries, still the non biodegradable packs of cornflakes , biscuits, teas, edible oils, toothpastes, detergents, shampoos and other consumer durables can have the potential of making a hill of their own. A large percentage of them travelling as far down to ocean floor.
If we try to negate the existence of a large number of child labours involved in rag picking then we might be living in a fools world. They are as real as any sore of poverty infesting our social stucture. It just breaks my heart seeing those children who should be at school, scouring and rummaging through the piles of garbage in the open dumpyards.
The toxic environment they trudge in, prove fatal for them sometimes, beside the host of disease bearing germs they get infected with unknowingly. If the plastics and other non bio degradables are already separated from the waste, then collecting them for recycling would become far more easier and less hazardous and it would definitely work wonders for our environment.
We humans are far more amenable to dictats then request. If governments make strict laws towards it then it can become a successful endeavor. But they are so engrossed in tackling the political and economically pressing needs that the matter of environment is evidently last in their minds. Meanwhile if we individually try, a positive change can be brought forth. If we’re sincerely willing. We must create as much awareness as we can. Make people around us see reason and mend their ways.
Don’t you think it’s time to do something about it? I would love to read the inputs from you.