“I was always made fun of because of my skin condition. My own grandmother thought I was an abomination, they tried to take me to so many different temples to help me get ‘rid’ of my ‘disease’.
It wasn’t until I was 23 when I started teaching at a school for the deaf and mute that I realized I had a lot to be grateful for, till then I hated myself. Not that I gloated in my ability to hear and talk, but it just hit me on my face that my life could’ve been a lot more worse.
What if I was born with physical or mental disabilities? None of that happened and what turned things around for me was teaching enthusiastic little deaf and mute children who learnt comfortably, never caring that they had difficulties.
Why can’t it be that simple everywhere? Why must we stigmatize everything? There is no concept of ‘normal’, everything is the way it is and I wish my grandmother and everybody else in the family accepted it.. but it’s okay. I’ve accepted it and that’s all I care about.”
“Researchers Find 12,000 Pieces Of Microplastic Per Litre Of Arctic Ice”
“80-Kg Polythene Waste Removed From Cow’s Stomach After A Three-Hour Surgery”
“Pacific Garbage Patch Is Now Three Times The Size Of France”
These are a few news headlines from the past couple of months. No matter how much we try to deny it, over the course of time, plastic has become a part and parcel of our lives and it is destroying the environment and also endangering lives of animals.
While we have been made to believe that plastic is an indispensable part of our lives, it is destroying everything around us. According to UN Environment, about one million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute around the world. Also, up to 5 trillion single-use plastic bags are used worldwide every year. This means that almost half of the plastic created in the world is thrown away after a single-use.
All this plastic now ends up either in landfills or in the ocean. The marine life is heavily endangered because of plastic. Reports of aquatic animals dying of plastic pollution are increasing every day. A study from 2015 found around 44,000 incidences of animals getting entangled in plastic debris since 1960s. Plastic, that disintegrates into smaller pieces, are often eaten by smaller fish, which the ultimately ends up in our stomach. That is carcinogenic for human beings.
It is in this context that Indiabulls Home Loans has decided to do its bit and contribute to a plastic free environment. Setting the tone in its own offices, the company has decided to do away with single-use plastic bags and bottles at work.
As a special Independence Day initiatives, they have come up with a beautiful video #PlasticSeAzaadi. In the video, set against the backdrop of an Independence Day celebration at school children discuss the demerits of plastic use and how it is detrimental to the environment.
As with many important matters in life, it is children who recognize the right path and set the example. If they can, then why it is that adult can’t?
The Logical Indian appreciates Indiabulls Home Loansfor such a noble and necessary initiative to make our world a better place. We might not realize now, but the effects of excessive plastic could lead to ultimate destruction of Earth. We are ready to give up plastic, are you?