It is really disheartening to know that around 8 million tons of plastic is dumped in our oceans every year and this significantly endangers Earth’s marine life.
Such inappropriate disposal of plastic also causes severe clogging and flooding every year.
And I am sure that most of us came across the recent story of the poor pilot whale in Thailand which was choked to death by clogging of more than 80 plastic bags in its stomach. It unfortunately happened on 1st June, just a few days before the World Ocean Day.
This is not the first time that we’ve heard such news. However, this time it was different for me. Instead of lamenting upon such environmental abuse, I decided to take things in my hands and do something to make a difference.
It gives me a lot of pleasure to share a small but meaningful initiative that I undertook during the last week of Ramadan towards protecting our environment by practicing 3-R’s (reduce, reuse and recycle) taught us at school.
With the support of my parents, I initiated a green drive of collecting plastic bottles littered around haphazardly and managed to collect 500 of them. My effort was not only appreciated by my school but also these bottles were further submitted to Bee’ah Recycling Center as a part of our school’s Recycling Project.
This was just one of my many steps which I am planning to take to create a greener and sustainable environment.
I thank my mentors, the teachers of my school, especially our Headmistress Kashmira Ma’am for instilling such values and awareness in us.