A World without Waste: AIESEC Celebrates World Cleanup Day3 min read
MANIPAL: World Cleanup Day, organised by AIESEC met with a strength of more than 450 volunteers on September 15 to promote the motto ‘a world without waste’ across Manipal, Udupi and Malpe.
Started in 2008 in Estonia, World Cleanup Day began with a humble organisation called Let’s Do It! where 50,000 people were gathered in one day to clean up the infamous dumping of industrial waste that Estonia is known for. After that, the act grew exponentially to all other countries and now in 2018, it has spread to 150 countries.
“The whole aim of World Cleanup Day is to mobilise 5% of the human population towards one goal: world without waste,” says Jassil, the lead organiser of the event. “When we clean up all those spots even if it’s for a fraction of a second, someone might notice us and it might change their mind even if for a minute or two.”
In addition to the clean-up segment, the program also spread awareness about the Swachh Bharat initiative to the locals using digital pamphlets. As part of the programme, they created a digital pamphlet, which has a brief introduction to Swachh Bharat and how anyone can contribute to it. Their emphasis was on the motto ‘educate the uneducated’ and awareness creation. The programme was spread across 12 spots in Manipal, including Malpe Beach. The locations in Manipal spanned from Manipal Lake, Emerald End Point, Tiger Circle, KC, MIT Parking Lot and Mark Apartments among others.
The clean-up started at 4pm, as all groups dispersed at the same time. The group at MIT Parking Lot started with taking out solid waste, cleaning, sweeping and putting garbage into the bins. Supraja, leader of the KC clean-up up team, mentioned common littered items such as cigarettes, alcohol bottles, carbonated drinks and bottle caps. “You can’t preach cleanliness, it has to come from within,” she advised strongly.
Priyanka, leader of the Emerald End Point clean-up had a similar case of thrown beer bottles, cigarette buds and wrappers among common items littered. She blames the lack of trash cans for people throwing hither and thither. “After we clean-up, we’re going to spread awareness by talking to these outlets. We are going to ask them to put bins,” she stated.
At Malpe Beach, the common items were plastic bags, fishing nets and water bottles. The dirtiest side was on the farthest end of the beach, which was quite isolated. “The main reason why we chose Malpe Beach is because today is a Saturday, and a therefore a lot of locals will come. It’s a great place to create awareness and also to clean up, especially in the rock areas and fisheries,” continued Jassil.
AIESEC in India operates in 18 cities all over, from Ahmedabad, Bangalore, to Pune, Mumbai etc. It has been backed by Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Union Minister of State for Culture, Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs. The event was supported by the University, with the transportation being arranged for volunteers to go to Malpe and the DC Manipal Office supplying most of the gloves and garbage bags.
Featured Image Courtesy: Bhavya Joshi
Edited by: Drishti Sanyal