Living a life full of dreams, joy, sorrows, mood swings and stresses, one would have been concerned about his or her waste management. Human have made their lives so complicated that a whole lot of issues have been left unaddressed, among which is the concern about human waste management. What normal human beings understand as waste is their faecal matter, but it does not there. Humans have produced another category of waste also, waste in the form of wicked thoughts, and global concern should lie with both.
Discussing about human faecal and urinal wastes, frankly , a majority of the humans do not know where does the faecal and urinal waste go after they have disposed it off! Why? Probably, because it never concerned American elections and the very worry about the American exit polls 2020 being proved wrong! In India, a student will get to know about sewage management in detail only if he or she is a student of biology in class 12. Other citizens of the country and the residents of this beautiful cum endangered world are by and large unaware of the pathetic situation ensued by mismanaged human waste. Manual scavenging – that involves humans manually
Entering into septic tanks, was banned by a law in India, around 25 years ago, but it continues even today. The result takes the form of innumerable deaths of manual scavengers. The list of deaths does not end here. Uncountable number of people die every year due to diseases caused by contaminated water and food, typhoid and diarrhea in the lead.
Ignorant management is also a concern. Even though there are parts of the world that are far ahead in human waste management, several countries have to travel a significant distance in realizing the potentials human waste management possesses. This is a grim scenario. Several countries know about human waste management and are going a good ride, many countries are aware about the gold into which sewage can be turned but lack the pathway to their destination, and there are numerous countries who are largely unaware about the importance of human waste management per se. Where does the solution lie? Human waste can be used as a fertilizer. A fertilizer that is going to organic and largely inexpensive, as the augury of population explosion follows. Another ingenious use of human waste is converting it into usable forms of energy. The world will be so full of energy if human waste is going to be its source renewable and perennial! For instance, Britain runs a public bus energized by human waste. For yet another instance, In New Junction Colorado, renewable natural gas from human waste is used to power a fleet of 40 vehicles! Where does hope end? Nowhere. 11 years ago, UNICEF – India uploaded a video on You Tube that talks about eco sans toilets. Ingeniously designed, these toilets are a representation of how toilets should be like in a world where the population is so dynamic. The catchy thing about eco sans toilet is the use of ash or lime to absorb moisture and remove odour. In some parts of Africa, a prototype of waterless toilet is also being rolled out.
With the solution, knowledge and technology, more or less in place, why is it that the world still faces such grim situations? Probably, because there is a lack of collaboration and cooperation at the individual level. India was recently declared open defecation free. How was it possible? Due to the efforts of the common people who realized the consequences of open defecation.
Now comes another important concern: thought contamination. Ironically, it is the only form of waste that is destructive but renewable. If the thought wastes of all humans in the world is put together, it will form a gargantuan pile that shall penetrate even the skies and beyond. The mind is a factory for producing thoughts that processes it on the basis of the raw materials provided. The input given to the mind has become extremely filthy today. There are hundred and two stereotypes about men, women, castes and various categories accompanied by their ensuing prejudices. People may not believe, but as a legal maxim says, Res Ipsa Loquitor! If there was no pollution of mind and thought, the slogan of Black Lives matter would never have bothered us. If people were so able to control their thoughts and minds, the issue of terrorism would never have emerged.
Hence, there is only one way to manage this thought pollution, self-control. Self-Control can be the extinguisher when the world is entrapped by a raging inferno of filthy and bad thoughts.
By and large, we have understood as to how pertinent is the issue of human waste and its management, be it solid or abstract. It is time for us to join the bandwagon of reformist policies concerned with human waste management. The ball is in our court!
Name: Rashi Jha
School: ST. marys school