A group of environmental activists have been able to remove about 10 tons of trash from the around 16 waterfalls at the outskirts of the metro city. This was part of a program that they started with the motive of freeing the natural beauty from a litter which got completed on 73rd Independence Day.
Mumbai is home to a population of more than 2 crore people. It is one of the most crowded cities of not only India and Asia but of the whole planet. The growing population of the city due to population explosion and immigrants coming from parts of the country and state to undertake jobs in the corporate hub of India, pollution comes along.
A UN report has listed the Mumbai amongst one of the top 15 most polluted cities in the world.
These people who work hard day and night, need a getaway at the end of the week to celebrate their life. However, the celebration of humans results in the longing for nature. There are several natural beauties in the outskirts of the Mumbai which catches the eye of the people. When these people visit such places, they leave a lot of human footprints. Lots and lots of garbage get accumulated at places like valleys, mountains, waterfalls, riverbanks.
Dharmesh Barai, the lead of the campaign, felt a sturdy need to free the nature from human litter and regain natural beauty. So he, along with his core team of environmental activists decided to initiate a campaign to collect garbage from these waterfalls. The team targeted 16 major waterfalls which are the main attraction of the citizenry and started cleaning the litter and trash.
The team said that during their mission to clean these places, they found that 80% of the trash was bottles, food wrappers and other similar things. They opine that if the people are careful enough to bring food, water and other stuff to bring to such places, then they should keep it in mind to carry back empty bottles, wrappers and other stuff back with them while leaving the place.
Instead of littering around, they should either put it in a dust bin at or around the place or carry it back to their residents and deal with in a responsible garbage disposal manner.
The team consisted of 30 individuals from the city. People from the age of 8 years to 65 years took part in this mission. Collectively they aimed at cleaning the most visited waterfalls in apalwadi, Jummapatti, Khopoli, Pandavkada, Chinchoti, Anandwadi, Kondeshwar, Bhivpuri, Palasdari, Ambewadi, Kharghar, Prabalmachi and Vadap. Reason being these are the places with the most quantity of litter and garbage.
“It took them over two-three hours to clean the litter at and around each of the waterfalls,” said Dilip Khandkar, a 64-year-old, environment enthusiast who actively participated in the campaign.
He further said that people should understand their responsibility. They come to such places to enjoy, they litter and they go away. But they never think about how the place will be spoiled for someone else to come or even for them to return for another picnic on another weekend.
The team of activists known as the Environment Life Team. Their motto is “My Waste, My Responsibility”. They have been working in this regard since October 2nd, 2016. They cleaned 6 waterfalls and collected 45 bags of trash from the whereabouts of the location.
Well, we should all keep this in mind. It doesn’t matter in which part of the world we live, we need to understand the responsibility of cleaning our mess. And instead of cleaning it, we should focus on rather not spreading it at all in the first place. If we sincerely understand this, then we will soon learn to live litter-free.