New Delhi: Environmentalist Afroz Shah joins #BeatPlasticPollution campaign which has been initiated by UN Environment ahead of 45th World Environment Day celebrations in India. The man behind Versova beach clean-up pledges to give up on single-use disposable plastic cups. Through a short video, Afroz makes an appeal and asks people to do the same and say no to single-use plastics.
This is the single-used disposable plastic cup. This is found in huge quantities on my beaches, lakes, and riverfronts. We intend to change this, it requires a small change – one can just simply replace this with a reusable mug or cup. If you will do that, you will be able to save the birds, fish and the health of our oceans. Moreover, it requires a bare minimum effort, just remember to put it in your bag, when you step out.
The UN Champion of the Earth Afroz Shah was nominated by Lewis Pugh, UN Environment Patron Of The Oceans. He has further nominated actor Amitabh Bachchan, Anushka Sharma, Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal and Filmmaker Piyush Goyal for the #BeatPlasticPollution challenge.
See Afroz Shah’s Post
Thanks for tagging me @LewisPugh! For a cleaner planet, we need to #BeatPlasticPollution. I'm refusing single-use plastic cups for #WorldEnvironmentDay with @UNEnvironment. What will you do @SrBachchan @PiyushGoyal @SubhashGhai1 @AnushkaSharma? Tag, you're it! pic.twitter.com/03sxRYe0PF
— Afroz Shah (@AfrozShah1) May 30, 2018
Afroz Shah’s efforts to clean the Versova beach have come a long way since 2015. In 4 years, the beach clean-up campaign has received a lot of support and international recognition with more than 15 million kilograms of plastic and waste already removed.
As a run-up to the World Environment Day celebrations in India, Afroz Shah was able to gather the support of 6,000 Mumbaikars at Versova Beach on May 27. He hosted a mass clean-up at the beach and was able to remove more than 200,000 kgs of trash.