Officially, we got the freedom in 1947 when Britishers left our country. After ending the freedom fight with Britishers, we began a new fight. The fight among ourselves. Since 1947, we are fighting over partition, religion, land, resources, materialism and because of dirty politics. In short, even after getting the freedom we are not free. We will not get freedom from these things until there is self-awakening in the people of this nation. Self-awakening is very important to realize how free we are? We are in the chains of corruption, pollution and politics. And we choose to be like this. The biggest problem with us is, we take those things for granted which we get in abundance. Nature is at top of the list of those things.
We have witnessed that if we take nature for granted then nature has its ways of making us realize that mistake. Obviously, some people realize it and some people don’t. Thus we keep on polluting our environment. And nature has started giving it back with thanks. Yes, I am talking about plastic. Two incidents in the last one month have shown us nature’s teaching ability. During the high tide in Mumbai, sea threw tonnes of plastic back which we throw in it with great pride. And during the Kerala floods, we witnessed the similar thing on one of the bridges. These two incidents are enough to awaken ourselves.
Dependence on plastic
Ask yourself, why are we depending so much on plastic? And if we are depending on plastic then why are we throwing it in the sea or any other water body? Yes, it is easily available and it is very convenient but that doesn’t give you the permission to use and throw it in the river or sea. Companies, shopkeepers and local vendors have put the habit of plastic in us. We ask for a carrier or the bag for even smallest of the things. Moreover, we ask for a water bottle wherever we go and companies wrap it around the products. The situation is, we are not able to imagine our life without plastic.
Freedom from plastic
It is high time that we should start living without plastic. If you can’t reuse it, refuse it. Keep this mantra in mind and refuse to all those plastic bags and things which you use and throw. When you go out to eat, drink that restaurant’s water, don’t ask for packaged drinking water. How do you know that the bottle containing water is pure and what the restaurant is offering is impure. Packaged water might be the same as of what restaurant is offering, they might have simply sealed it in a bottle. Moreover, whenever you go out for shopping ask for paper bags, cloth bags or carry your own bag for shopping but say no to plastic. We have to change our habits here. Earlier, we were habituated to plastic. Now, we have to habituate ourselves to the world without plastic. We need independence from plastic to save our planet and ultimately ourselves.
If you can’t reuse it, refuse it.
Don’t throw plastic bags and bottles in the river or sea thinking it is not going to come back. Nature is giving it back. Stop fighting under the political influence over petty things and join hands in preserving nature. The youth of whole world is doing wonders and youth of our nation is busy proving that we are good for communal riots and stone pelting only. Let’s try and find substitutes for plastic and get freedom from it.