“Jinxed in the hoax of life, millions of people become protagonists and antagonists of one’s own and others stories. We delude ourselves in such a fine fitting world that we barely notice the reality under our shoes.”
‘Just throw it there, how long will you keep it in your hand?’ asked a lady from the crowd. The child replied ‘Until I find a proper place to dispose it off’. Yes the world is changing, the people are changing, and the generation is changing. But as folks say, change is not something that we can apply in every mathematical equation. Change can’t be found everywhere, among everyone. Nonetheless once started, it never stops unless it takes the whole forest down.
The basic questioning thought of ‘What will happen if I throw the waste here?’ is the most profound reason for the present situation the villages and cities are in. People definitely follow the rules of personal hygiene! But what about our surroundings? In a country like India, having a population of nearly 1.3 billion, the thoughts of merely 5% of the population is enough to bring in a pandemic or a revolution.
Being one of the most popular tourist destinations in the World, India has extraordinarily developed. But the after effects of tourism have killed the growth of development. Today in India, every day nearly 6000 tonnes of wastes are scattered around without any monitoring or management. Out of the total population of India the people affected with the waste management and sanitation related diseases are about 4.6%.
The statistics could go on. But what’s the use? People see these statistics, feel sad for a moment and the next thing you know is that they are throwing plastic covers at the waste segregated corners of the streets, claiming them to public throwaway places.
But who can we blame? In a world that’s filled with greed and jealousy, in a country that’s filled with systems of inequalities, lines of poverty and borders of discrimination, where do you think the people get time to think about what harms the wastes they throw away could cause to a random person walking nonchalantly by the road or to a resident living nearby the segregated area.
We as a community are still in the medieval age, thriving to develop at the expense of innocent lives. No matter how dirty the compound walls are, the outside roads are, my house should be clean, neat and vibrant.
You may debate saying it’s just not in our country, its everywhere. But as a matter of fact, that’s not something that we can be proud about.
Now you may ask, are the segregated wastes my problem? Are the diseases that it spreads my problem? Are the people who die because of these diseases my problem? The answer is a definite No! My Problem is the ignorance of the people to these issues. And as the saying goes “You will find good people in every corner of the world but unfortunately the earth is round”, to imagine a world where people abandon their ignorance and come down as a society to depollute the world is such a mouth-watering idea to say.
But as I said the world is changing and so is India. The streets are becoming clearer comparatively, waste management ideas have been executed brilliantly and moreover the sufficient amount of awareness has been spread in order make people realize the need of their surroundings to be clean too.
And that’s where our revolution begins. We may not succeed in depolluting our world, our country, our state, our district, but definitely we can play a major role in depolluting our community and our neighborhood. We may not be able to do it completely today, tomorrow, this month, this year or the next year. But we can definitely maintain the work we do, and expect the result in the near future. Maybe 2022, or 2023 or let’s just say 20XX.
Let 20XX be a year where the instead of just the child, the whole world says – “We will wait until we find a proper place to dispose it off”. Let 20XX be a year where the number of deaths due to waste management is zero. Let 20XX be a year where the ponds reflect our faces instead of showing the darkness that reflects the human mind-set. Let 20XX be a year where the existential crisis of waste segregation will be just a chapter among the many in a class 10 student’s history textbook.
Therefore, let us all come together for this initiative and make our future generations have a city where the doubt of non-cleanliness is non-existent and have an understanding wherein they practice cleanliness instead of just preaching about it. Let the streets of villages and cities be clearer and let the plants be in awe of what a world we humans have created.