Date: September 29, 2019
Houses Surveyed: 82
Cloth Bags Distributed: 110
Awareness and Education are the most significant agents for change...
Working for Swacchta Hi Seva, on September 29, 2019, Unnat Bharat Abhiyan IIT Roorkee took a step forward towards a greener and cleaner future by organizing a Plastic Free India Campaign. Plastic Free India is a campaign, which comes under Swachh Bharat mission governed by the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, launched on October 2, 2014. The mission aims to achieve Swachh Bharat by 2019, as a fitting tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary.
Plastic pollution has become a significant problem in today's times. As per the Ministry of Environment, India generates 16000 tons/day of plastic waste, out of which only 9000 tons/day being recycled and the remaining pollutes the soil, clogs drains, pollutes water, and kills the animals with its digestive nature. Also, the improper handling of plastic waste in open spaces and road margins gives rise to diseases in humans as well as other species.
Team UBA, IITR, visited the adopted village Chharba for a no- plastic drive in the village.
The teams went door-to-door, collecting single-use plastic bags and distributing cloth bags in their place. Villagers were explained the adverse effects of using plastic on the environment and water bodies. Rallies were carried out with the maximum involvement of village children in the campaign.
Also, village and household surveys were done in each of the villages to understand ground-level problems for future initiatives. A total of 82 households in all were surveyed, and 110 cloth bags were distributed.