Lone journalist messenger against plastic reaches back in Manipur

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, November 14, 2018: A journalist Abhimanyu Chakravorty form Indian Express who has toured in four countries spreading the message “Beat Plastic Pollution” today reached Imphal (Manipur) as he returned after travelling in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Mynamar.

He started the trip started from New Delhi on September 12 and will end in New Delhi on December 15 after travelling in Nepal.

“I am on a mission to challenge the everyday use of plastic and urge people to re-evaluate their stubborn relationship with single-use plastic items. What I am doing to create awareness and take affirmative action against single-use plastic items is two-fold: I have tied up with schools, NGOs and Indian embassies in these countries where I show them a small presentation about the global scenario of plastic pollution and what some Indian cities are doing to manage their waste issues” said the journalist.

He said the second part his mission is Plogging session (jogging and picking up trash) as a way to take direct action against littering. This is also the behaviour change aspect the project stands for.

The biggest change that the project has been able to deliver is two schools each in Assam and Nagaland is conduct of their own Plogging teams just a day after I gave my presentation and conducted a trash cleanup with them at their school, he added.

He conducted Plogging sessions in Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and throughout northeast India, besides. He also presented the project at the Indian embassies in Thailand and Cambodia which was well received by the respective ambassadors.

“My experience till now has been very rich and full of new learning about the challenges usual people and communities face with regards to plastic pollution” said Abhimanyu.

It’s not easy switching to more sustainable alternatives till the time there is a disincentive for people to use single-use plastics or the cost to acquire a sustainable product is lesser than plastic, he added.

The United Nations Environment Programmes endorsed his project. “UN’s endorsement is a big boost for my morale and I am motivated to further my efforts to involve more communities, schools, and civil society to beat plastic pollution and take action by doing something as simple and unique as Plogging,” said the journalist.

He is leaving for Nepal along the Imphal-Dimapur road on Friday.

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