16 September, 2018
International Coastal Clean-up Day-Joining hands with the Greenline team
The one massive World Cleanup Day on 15th September 2018 engaging over 150 countries was an ambitious project undertaken around the world. It was the biggest positive civic action the world has seen. Millions united worldwide to clean up the world in a single day. India too joined in this venture.
One of the biggest challenges for a clean India is the lack of truly efficient waste management and recycling systems across the country. Much waste is simply abandoned in open spaces and there is little sense of collective responsibility. The Greenline team joined the other organizations in the city of Mumbai for the coastal clean-up day on 15th September. This was arranged by Mr. Irfan Machiwala. For our school, it was the second outdoor event with Green Line under the green school campaign for the month of September. Ten students from the nature club (Secondary and Primary sections) of Don Bosco High School, Matunga, accompanied by their parents and teachers, Ms. Yugandhara, Ms. Angel and Ms. Ranjana, joined Fr. Savio Silveira and the members of the Greenline team in this campaign. Volunteers from the other schools too were present.
Everyone reported at 8:30 am at Mahim beach. Mr. Machiwala provided us with gloves and refreshments. He had arranged for waste collector bins and garbage trucks to carry the collected waste. We were disturbed to see the great amount of litter on the beach. It mainly comprised of milk packaging bags, wrappers of soap, eatables with packaging dated 2016, coconut shells and parts of the idols of Lord Ganesha immersed a day prior in the sea, etc. With the efforts of the volunteers by 10 am, two trucks load of garbage, majority of which was plastic, was collected from the beach.
It was an eye opener for all those who spent that hour and half on the beach. It is our duty as citizens of Earth to take care of our only planet. As the Native American proverb says,’We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.’