“Look after the land and the land will look after you, destroy the land and it will destroy you.” –Aboriginal Proverb
Earth is a beautiful planet that provides us with an atmosphere to breathe, water to drink, land to live, and many various benefits. It has given us a life around beautiful creatures in this mysterious universe. We should already be thankful to Mother Earth; but instead of acting like guests, we human beings are destroying this planet. We are cutting down the trees that provide us with oxygen. We are contaminating the water that gives energy and several materials. Without these factors, life is not even possible.
The world waste generation rates are rising world’s cities generated 2.01 billion tonnes of solid waste amounting to a footprint of 0.74 kilograms per person per day in 2016. In low-income countries, 90% of waste is often disposed in unregulated dumps. Poor management of waste is seen in these countries, resulting in serious health issues and environmental consequences. These also contribute to global climate change through methane generation. Management of waste is very essential in every nation. Public participation is key to a functional waste system. The World Bank finances and advises on solid waste management projects using a diverse suite of products and services including, traditional loan and technical advisory. World Bank-financed waste management address the entire life cycle of waste from generation to collection and transportation and finally treatment and disposal.
Urban India generates 62 million tons of municipal solid waste each year. There are many available bins but the problem here arises that these trash bins are not often covered. People are less concerned about their surroundings and busier in their personal life. In our country, the average waste is about 450 grams of waste per person per day. The largest river in India river Ganga which is also considered a holy river is also considered to be the 6th most populated river in the world. This river provides water to about 40% of India’s population across 11 States. the disposal of human sewage and animal waste are the main causes of water pollution. countless chemical plant textile mills Hospital prospers and many other industries are located in the bank of this river. Thus, these Industries dump untreated waste into the river. People often visit Ganga to bathe and clean themselves from their past sins. Religious beliefs hold that being cremated on its bank and to float down the Ganga will atone for the sins of those who die and carry them directly to salvation. Due to these, the river dolphins present in this river is listed as an endangered species. India is also considered the most polluted country in the whole world. People Need to realize their duties and responsibilities as a citizen of the nation. The Swachh Bharat Mission or Clean India Mission was introduced by the Indian government in 2014 to eliminate open defecation and improve solid waste management. This mission was also introduced to make people aware of the environment and engage people in cleaning their surroundings.
We need to realize the importance of cutting down trees and destroying the environment. As an individual, we need to to take actions and make others aware of our surroundings. We need to step ahead and take responsibility as a member of the civilization residing on earth. If we clean the waste that we generate per day as an individual, will also help the environment. Instead of throwing away food, we can use it for the plants as kitchen waste makes rich nutrient-filled food and manure for plants which also helps them grow faster. We should avoid dumping waste into water resources. We should also avoid burning waste especially plastic. Replacing all single-use products with reusable products is better. Avoiding the use of plastic can make a big difference in the environment. We should all work together to reduce waste and try to make the surrounding a better place.
Thus, to conclude in the words of Bea Johnson;
“Refuse what you do not need; reduce what you do need; reuse what you consume; recycle what you cannot refuse, reduce, or reuse; and rot (compost) the rest.”