Citizens, community groups and NGOs based out of Bangalore join hands to spread awareness on waste segregation by using plogging as a tool to fight climate change.
Bangalore alone generates 4500 million tonnes of waste every day with about 8.4 million people as per a research article by B.P Naveen published under Elsevier.
As per the article, less than 60% of waste is collected in Bangalore; approximately 15% of waste is processed. While recycling has not reached its full potential in Bangalore’s urban and rural spaces, landfills, burning garbage, and illegal dumping are abundantly found.
Black spots and garbage burning has been a major contributor to the rise in Air Quality Index (AQI). Garbage burning releases nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) and polycyclic organic matter (POMs).
Thus to raise awareness around AQI and Solid Waste Management Jhatkaa.org along with The Indian Plogman – Raj and 30+ citizens conducted a plogging activity at Madiwala lake on Saturday 14th May 2022.
We engaged 35+ volunteers who came to the park for an early morning jog and shared knowledge about segregation with citizens that will help to reduce the garbage and segregate the waste in long run. This activity will help improve the AQI level of Bangalore by eliminating the black spots.
We as the citizens need to come together for a cleaner Bangalore. The 7 R’s and oath as said by Plog Raj – Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Remove, Respect and Rejoice should be the motto of people’s life.
If you are someone who would like to share knowledge on waste management with your community, please write to us with the subject line “Plogging for Knowledge” at Chiku@jhatkaa.org and we shall reach out.
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