Greenpeace launches campaign against plastics in the cityNews — By The Desk on November 24, 2008 at 11:11 AM
Times Of India, Pune: The Greenpeace volunteers received a mixed bag of responses on the first day of their Goodbye to plastics’ campaign, started on Saturday.
As the volunteers stood outside popular shopping malls, busy markets and supermarkets, persuading citizens against the use of plastics, they often heard the “Don’t waste my time”, but the positive responses are what kept them going.
After explaining the hazards of plastics on the environment, the volunteers handed over a paper bag to the consumer requesting him/her to transfer the goods purchased and vow that they would stop using plastics.
“We distributed nearly 200 paper bags outside popular supermarkets and shopping malls in the city. This may look like a small number, but is quite significant because we believe that even if 15 out of these 200 people realise that plastics are harmful, they will spread the word and make an effort to avoid using plastics in future,” Chandrani Chatterjee, area manager of Greenpeace said.
Chatterjee pointed out that the idea is to create more awareness among citizens and Greenpeace volunteers would undertake the drive every weekend outside shopping areas across the city.
“Toxic pollution and climate change are a global phenomenon and people often wonder how they can contribute to bring about a change. We are trying to tell people that the issue is infact related to their daily life. If each one says Goodbye’ to plastics we can make a big difference,” Chatterjee said, adding, “Smaller cities like Chandigarh are successfully implementing a ban on plastics, then why can’t Pune?”
Ashish Gupta, a resident of Model Colony, was so impressed by the campaign that he even volunteered to participate. “I think it is a great initiative as plastics practically rule our lives. The impact it has on environment is tremendous. So all of us should make some effort to reverse the situation,” Gupta told TOI.
“Most of our volunteers are college students, so we are also reaching out to the college crowd and they are very enthusiastic. They also remind people about how, in the olden days our grandparents and even parents carried their own cloth bags while going shopping. Their actions were very environment friendly and we should emulate them,” Chatterjee said.
Greenpeace is a global, independent, non-profit, campaigning organisation that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace.