The whole world is mobilising efforts to decrease plastic footprint. Every country is reeling under this menace and there is a huge support system globally continuously created to tackle this even as you read this.According to the Central Pollution Control board, India generates 25,940 tonnes of plastic every year and it is only increasing as the population mounts
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pledged to make India free of single-use plastic by 2022.Maharashtra has enforced a complete ban on the sale, use and manufacture of plastic bags. Other states which have imposed a complete ban include Rajasthan, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, among others. Goa, Gujarat, Kerala, Odisha and West Bengal have partial bans on plastic use, typically around sites of religious importance or during pilgrimage season.
Oakridge Foundation , Rotary Club of Kolkata Midwest & Culture Monks along with Masterpeace, The Beach Warriors, Alliance francaise du Bengale and Travel World have launched a socially engaged art project called Harvesting Plastic, to find ways for a sustainable Kolkata, with a primary focus on the environment – particularly the menace of ubiquitous single – use plastic. The launch event was held at the Sasha store.
As part of the Harvesting Plastic initiative we will be working with a large group of citizen volunteers and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation to make Kolkata plastic free, by continuously raising awareness about the environmental damage caused by single use plastic and also conducting regular plastic waste clean up activities. The first such clean up activity will start on the auspicious day of Mahalaya on Sep 28, 2019 on the banks of the river Hoogly, which will be overseen by Chinu Kwatra of The beach Warrior, who has cleared over 2200 tonnes of garbage from seven beaches of Mumbai in 100 weeks.