Bangalore: Plastic polluters sent packing

L B Shastrinagar RWA discourages plastic and to make it work, distributes cloth bags among residents

If you are a resident of Lal Bahadur Shastri Nagar, be prepared for a knock on the door to remind you that plastic’s not so fantastic.

Uthkarsh, as L B Nagar Association likes to call itself, started off on its rounds three years ago and now plans to start all over again just to remind people. And they don’t stop there – they also distribute cloth bags among residents for a price.

PERSONAL TO PUBLIC

The idea came from two residents who were inspired by a speech. “On January 26, 2007, P Venkatramanan from Indiranagar Residents’ Welfare Association (RISE) gave a speech on the dangers of plastic. That speech really got us thinking and from then, my friend Sarita and I have incorporated the anti-plastic principle at an individual level,” said 36-year-old Trupti Godbole, a member of the Uthkarsh core team that looks at anti-plastic activities.

“When we would go to the grocery shops, we would take our own bags. If we forgot them, we would come back home for the bags, but would never accept plastic bags,” she said.

But after a while, the duo and their team of two, Suresh Kumar and Sujatha Sharma, realised that they had to make other residents aware of the ills of plastic too and thus began the door-to-door campaign.

The campaign also culminated in making cloth that were distributed among residents and put up in neighbourhood grocery shops. “There are 11 apartments in the area like, Kalpatru, Anand Enclave, Itina Abby, Srinidhi Signature and others. We managed to cover eight. We explained how dangerous it was to use plastic and distributed bookmarks that we had made,” said Sarita Kotagiri, an Association member.

Though most residents were aware of the dangers and ready to discard plastic, they were all faced with a standard problem: They needed plastic bags to dispose of their garbage.

“We tried explaining to them that they could line their bins with newspapers and then throw the garbage outside. Many people agreed,” said Sarita.

BAGS GET BETTER

The other problem was the bags. The association would initially get leftover cloth from tailor shops and turn them into bags which they distributed for a paltry sum. The Association for Promotion of Social Action (APSA), where 25-year-old Sarita is a volunteer, agreed to make the cloth bags.

“When there were complaints that residents would forget their bags and end up using plastic, we kept some bags with the security guards in the apartments so that if residents forgot, they could get it from them.”

Soon, people started complaining that the bags were not very comfortable and they did not like carrying them.

“After getting negative feedback, we decided to shift to non-woven fabric bags, that are both eco-friendly and that can be kept in pockets or laptop bags. It can even be washed. We asked residents to give away their old curtains and bedsheets, which we converted to cloth bags and gave to shopkeepers for home delivery,” said Trupti.

By Gayatri Nair from Bangalore Mirror

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Public transport to fight global warming: Gujarat CM

Ahmedabad: More people should use public transport to save future generations from dangers of global warming, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi said here today.

“Global warming is a major threat facing the world today. There is a need to cut down the use of vehicles and increase the use of public transport,” Modi said while inaugurating the second edition of the Kankaria Carnival here.

“To save the future generation from global warming, public transport system like Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS), is a solution,” he said.

Modi had also inaugurated the second phase of the BRTS which connects the east and west parts of the city.

“I appeal to the people of the city that this BRTS should become part of their lives, and more and more people should start using it,” he said.

Modi appreciated cleanliness maintained in vicinity of Kankaria Lake.

“Last year over 50 lakh people including politicians, bureaucrats and diplomats visited the Kankaria lake. They all found it clean and well maintained. This is amazing that people equal to the population of the city visited the lake in last one year,” Modi said.

This has revived the past identity of Ahmedabad and its heritage which the people of the city have inherited, he added.

From PTI

WWF – UK – People should stop crime against Wildlife

WWF put out plea for public to be eyes and ears in wildlife crime

The WWF say that by lending them your eyes and ears, you could make a real difference to the future of hundreds of endangered species. They say they need help to fight the illegal trade in wildlife. If you see or hear about any suspicious trade in the UK or abroad, they ask you to please let them know by either using the report form on their website or by calling the Eyes and Ears Hotline: 01483 426111. Once they have heard from you, they will investigate, analyse and report your findings to the relevant authorities.

WildLife CrimeStoppers

WildLife CrimeStoppers

For urgent reports If you witness any wildlife crime that you would like to report urgently, call Crimestoppers anonymously and free of charge on 0800 555111. Alternatively, report it to your local police station.

They add an important caution though and that is:- Please do not attempt to investigate anything suspicious yourself. This could expose you personally to legal action. Never jeopardise your own safety. Remember that criminals often go to great lengths to protect their illegal activities. WWF Eyes and Ears respondents must be 16 or over.

DOs and DON’Ts Don’t draw attention to your interest.

Don’t take any action yourself.

Don’t arouse suspicion in any way. You don’t want to alert criminals that you may be onto them.

Don’t buy anything as evidence. This only encourages the trade and could even leave you open to prosecution in some countries.

Don’t ask any questions that might let criminals know you have spotted something suspicious.

Do look and listen as our Eyes and Ears, but don’t attempt to investigate anything yourself.

Do use your common sense and don’t put yourself at risk.

Do call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 if you see or hear something suspicious that you want to report urgently.

www.wwf.org.uk