“Inclusion is not bringing people into what already exists, it is making a new space better for everyone”- George Dei.
As said by such a renowned author that one should make new space better for everyone so one must look forward to driving positive social change towards society and its people.
God has endowed us with ample natural resources as well as a desire to master knowledge. Now that the tide has flipped and the tables have been turned, a new generation is emerging with the power to conquer the world, and the fate of the entire world is at stake. As Kofi Annan puts it, “our greatest task in this new century is to transform an abstract concept like sustainable development into practice for all the world’s people.
Mankind is going through a period in which it is important to transform ideas into practice. People must recognize and preach about the tiny attempts they make to save the living. UPDEED is one such forum that has aided citizens and recognized the work they are doing for the environment’s welfare and also in bringing positive social change. On UPDEED you can find inspiring content and connect with change-makers and further build a profile to influence and inspire others to lead a positive life.
Here we are appreciating 6 organizations that are driving positive social changes by providing environmental solutions.
Although regular developments in electronic devices have undoubtedly boosted economic growth, they have also left a toxic legacy in the world. “We view e-waste as a multiple-resource rather than a waste. Anil Chowdary describes it as a method for social change. He started his journey with Green Waves providing an indigenous solution for e-waste management in Andhra Pradesh. He and his team used to conduct awareness sessions every weekend, collecting e-waste from homes. Green Waves, which focuses on collecting all forms of recyclable e-Waste, has developed an app called Re Byte that allows users to dispose of recyclable waste collected.
Sriram Arumilli, a Hyderabad resident, saw a tree being cut down and decided to take responsibility for protecting his environment. He founded Earthlings, a non-profit organization that carries out clean-up activities across Hyderabad, with the help of a few of his friends. Under the ‘Adorn Hyderabad’ scheme, they also clean up public spaces and spruce up public walls with informative messages about responsible plastic use. He believes that by carrying cloth bags, water bottles, and other products, ordinary people will reduce their use of plastics. He also believes in planning at least one sapling to contribute to the environment.
“Waste isn’t waste until we waste it”.
5Rcycle was born from humble beginnings; when founder Smita Birkar noticed waste wasn’t being separated at the source and is a major problem hindering the growth of the recycling sector in India. With her experience in Plastic Engineering, she decided to venture into solid waste management to reduce the impact pollution has on the environment, wildlife, and aquatic life. According to the 5 R’s, four actions should be taken, if possible, before “Recycling”: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse and Repurpose. Incorporating this methodology into one’s daily practices, be it commercial or residential, will minimize landfill waste and help maintain a balanced ecosystem.
“Cigarette waste recycling is an art and my organization is an artist”, says Naman Gupta. His journey began when he noticed cigarette waste in a friend’s apartment. He found that cigarette butts are the most littered item worldwide and there are no specific regulations for disposal or recycling them in India. “Chucking a used cigarette into water is dangerous because one snubbed out butt can contaminate a liter of water with 20 harmful chemicals’’, he says. Naman and his team of workers have been collecting cigarette butts from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, and other cities across the country and recycling them in his factory in Noida. He is one of the first to recycle cigarette waste.
Growing up in Dehradun, Ritika Sadana has always been closely connected to nature. To fulfill her childhood dream of a dog shelter, Ritika Started Eco Karma. She never wanted to completely depend on Donations. The products include bamboo toothbrushes, wheat straws, etc. which are bio-degradable and nature friendly, add zero pollution, and helps protect the health of the users. Their products are manufactured by the Self-help Group and employ marketing EWS youth for marketing. Profit from the sale is spent on Animal Welfare making her dream project run smoothly.
While living in Mumbai as a child, Diti – founder of Théla, has not known of single-use, disposable products like toilet paper, nappies, and kitchen rolls. There were no fast food & takeaway restaurants and no supermarket chains either. She grew up without single-use products and with a lot less plastic.
Later, however, she witnessed the growth of consumerism and plastic consumption in India and began learning about the harmful impact of plastic on the environment.
A few years ago when she moved to Athens, she was confronted with a much higher level of plastic consumption than what she was used to.
In Europe, plastic consumption is ‘normal’ and more challenging to avoid. Most people don’t know or have forgotten how they lived without plastic but Diti has been in a position to have lived through its emergence. Maybe that made her more sensitive to its impact and inspired her to do something about it.
And so, already being in the field of sustainability, she put together her knowledge of design and her love for handmade things and started Théla.
The Environment plays a vital role in the existence of life. It helps maintain the ecological balance, provides home sapiens with all the necessities to live their life efficiently. Besides, still what the environment has done for us, in return we only have abrasion and degraded it. If things continued the same way and no steps were taken mankind will end. It’s us who are responsible for our surroundings. We are equal stakeholders for anything being done to the environment. If not us then who and if not now then when? We invite all similar organizations to join UPDEED and share the solutions you are providing to make the world a better place to live.