New Delhi: Actor Bhumi Pednekar recently took to social media and urged people to shun the use of single-use plastics in their daily life. Sharing a photo of a reusable straw, the actress said, “Every day is a new day. And life is all about those baby steps. Am trying to use no #SingleUsePlastic, you should too.”
She further added, “Together we can make this world better.”
This is not the first time the actress has voiced her support against the use of plastic. Last year, in September, Bhumi Pednekar kick-started an initiative of ‘Climate Warrior’ as an attempt to highlight the environmental crisis, climate change and initiate a dialogue with people working relentlessly to save the environment. On the New Year’s Eve, the actress also shared a video that talked about how the year 2019 was just a beginning and a step towards working for the environment and said,
2020 will need all of us to unite and do our bit. I will ensure I spread as much information as possible and take all the necessary steps in my day to day life to save our environment.
Sharing shocking figures of plastic waste our country is generating on social media, Bhumi Pednekar urged everyone to reduce, reuse and recycle. She added,
It’s our mess to clean #happynewyear. India generates 25940 tonnes of plastic waste every day, of which, 10376 tonnes is uncollected plastic. Start segregating your garbage at home. Make sure you recycle plastic. We have to co-exist with nature.
The actress shared a few pictures along with the post, which showed her cleaning up plastics and garbage at a Mumbai beach.
Bhumi also thanked beach warrior Afroz Shah, the man behind Versova Beach clean-up, which is considered as the world’s largest clean-up drive, for his continuous efforts towards keeping the environment clean. She said,
Afroz Shah you are a rockstar and a big thank you to the people who continuously show up for these clean up drives. You all inspire me! Thank you for being a #ClimateWarriors
Last year, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi initiated a new campaign under Clean India mission – ‘Say No To Plastic’, Bhumi Pednekar lent her support and said,
What we only use for a while lasts forever! It’s a great initiative started by our PM @narendramodi. We need to stop the use of single-use plastic.
— bhumi pednekar (@bhumipednekar) August 28, 2019
India’s Plastic Crisis
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change states that from the inception of plastic in 1950, annual global plastic production has increased dramatically from 2 million tonnes to 380 million tonnes a year in 2015.
Scientists and researchers have already warned that if plastic consumption and its dumping continue at the current pace then by 2050 there will be more plastic in the world’s oceans than fishes.
As per the recently published study by Un-Plastic Collective (UPC), a voluntary multi-stakeholder initiative co-founded by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and WWF-India to help eliminate plastic pollution, India is responsible for generating 9.46 million tonnes of plastic waste annually, of which 40 per cent remains uncollected. So it is an immense challenge that the country needs to deal with on war footing given that India has made a commitment to beat plastic pollution and eliminate all single-use plastic by 2022.