Spreading Awareness on Littering, Man Walks 100 Kms Covered in Plastic Waste
India recently celebrated the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2 and the government implemented a nationwide ban on the single-use plastic products hereafter. Given the huge populace of the country, the task is very difficult but still achievable.
On October 2, Deepak Varma, an environmentalist and a resource person of Palakkad district Suchitwa Mission in Kerala, walked more than 100 kms in 24 hours, draped in 35 kg of plastic waste around his body, with a placard in hand that read, “Don’t throw waste in public place”.
He started his walk with two volunteers on October 1, at 8 AM, from Victoria College Palakkad and finished it at Ernakulam Darbar Hall ground within 24 hours. His full-length robe was crafted with the plastic waste items that are often found littered on the roads, such as chips packet, shampoo bottles and plastic containers among 1,400 items that he has been collecting off the streets.
Deepak was disappointed to see the way people litter the public places with waste. But the negligence of public was too annoying and therefore, Deepak started on a one man mission, a ’24-hour Clean India’ campaign, of clean the streets continuously within 24 hours, all by himself.
The first 24-hour campaign was in 2018 February, where he collected 4,000 kg of waste. In an attempt to clean a 16 km stretch, he gathered more than one lakh chocolate and toffee wrappers.
Deepak wants to keep working on his Clean India campaign and spreading awareness for a greener future.
If a man can single-handedly collect tons of garbage in 24 hours, then the united efforts of millions can revolutionize the fight against environment conservation, restoring the planet to its natural balanced state sans any litter.
Via: The News Minute