When we hear of the trillion tonnes of plastics heading into our landfills and oceans every year, the task seems extremely daunting. It seems there is almost nothing that we can do to change the world and it is reaching a tipping point where all we can do is to wait for the day we will all head towards certain extinction. That is true in a sense, but quite untrue when we break it up into individual action that we seven billion citizens of the Earth can take to stem and hopefully even reverse the process. What is important is for each of us to take individual action, without being bothered about what the other person or the Government is doing.
Governments are by, of and for the people. They will ultimately do what will keep them in power. Same with manufacturers. They exist because we as consumers exist.
We each of us takes a stand against plastics, Governments around the world will per force have to take corrective action and make eco-friendly policies. Similarly, if we stop buying polluting products, manufacturers will per force have to change their way of conducting business.
There are a lot of things that we as individuals can and should do ... if we really care about the environment and our future. Click on the thumbnails below to see some indicative ways where you, as an individual, can make a difference. And if each of us does our bit, polluting plastic will be a thing of the past very soon. In fact, if we all join hands together, we can make a difference and this difference can be visible in months, if not weeks.
The 4 Rs
If only we can follow a simple basic principle of The 4 Rs, the world will slowly reverse the problem caused by plastic pollution and hopefully someday become as clean, clear and pristine as she was before we bombarded her with the toxins. All we need to do is to REFUSE to use plastics of all kinds, and if that is difficult, at least to reuse, reduce or recycle it.
We are surrounded by plastic in our lives. The task can seem daunting, but is not impossible, to live a plastic-free life. Not all plastic, that seems unlikely, but start by giving up the use of single-use plastics. That is much easier and a conscious choice. We lived a plastic-free life just a few decades ago, and we can go back to that lifestyle.
It can be a challenge to live plastic free life, particularly when almost everything we touch has some plastic or the other. We cannot afford to give up looking at the magnitude of the problem. We have to challenge ourselves. And we have to encourage others to take up the challenge. It is like learning a new language ... a language of the future.
Once you have decided to live a plastic-free life, at least a single-use plastic free life, you will find the benefits of its. You can then spread the good word among your friends, relations, acquaintances and the citizenry at large. There are a lot of things you can do, some small, others large. But every bit of effort will go a long way towards a cleaner future.
There are many times when we will find ourselves with a load of stuff that is essentially plastic. But since, you have taken the pledge to live a largely plastic-free life, you might have a sense of guilt. Do not throw away the piece of plastic that seemingly does not have any other use. Put on your creative hat and turn these items into awesome things of beauty.
Organise an event
One way to raise awareness and being an influencer is by organising events. These can be small set in the privacy of your own home with your immediate friends, a community event in the neighbourhood you live in, at the School your children study, or an event that is media friendly. Events are great ways to showcase the possibilities of a plastic-free life.