Sub-theme : Waste in My Community
Most of us would have for sure dreamt of or still dreaming of going abroad and exploring the life there. I do too! But the reason why life abroad seems so appealing to me is not because of the rich and cool portrayal of the life of ex-pats. It has more to do with their clean, beautiful streets and beaches as filmed in many vlogs, movies, etc. I have always been fascinated about the beauty of those cleans streets and beaches and have wondered how it will be like to live in such a clean and healthy surrounding!
Now to talk about my place…It is grey. People here don’t seem to care about the environment. We just live in luxury and enjoy life as we see fit. We throw our trash at the curb or on sidewalks. We are all very aware that there is a problem with this attitude. We are aware that this is a problem for us and our neighbors. We are all aware that we need to take action. We know we should stop littering and take immediate action to help reduce the amount of litter in our community. But the fact remains. We are still living in a broken system. The only way to fix it is by changing our attitude towards recycling.
I live in a small fishing village were fishing is the main source of our livelihood. My father is fisherman and most of our neighbors too. Hence sea has always been a part of my life. It is known for its enchanting beauty. However we get to see its dark side. The adulterated one! The beaches are beautiful only when the shores are clean right? What if that shores are choked by garbage? Will it still be beautiful?
Anyway the problem is not anymore of the diminishing beauty of the sea. It is of survival. There are many colonies close to the shore were thousands of people habitat. Those colony parents have no choice but to see their children grow up there! Those innocents are the direct victims of all these indecencies of the privileged ones. It is so sad!
I’m not saying that our community doesn’t have any garbage management system. It is there. We have people collecting trashes from our houses and from our public trash bins (…oops! we don’t have one!!!). But where do these all end up? Two-three years back, ‘to the plastic mountains competing to reach up the sky would have been my answer. But now we have a waste management plant and the mountains have now became valleys. But that was just a small tine step towards the right path. We have miles to go for fresh air, for clean waves and for regaining our fundamentals.