We buy one million plastic bottles every minute, a large quantity of them ending up in our forests, beaches or mountain tops. More than 15,000 tons of plastic waste is generated in India alone every day, it did not come as a surprise when the theme for the World Environment Day, 2018 was announced as #BeatPlasticPollution.
Notwithstanding the National Green Tribunal directions, Governor N N Vohra recently decided that a 60-day-long, instead of the earlier 45-day-long, Amarnath Yatra would commence on June 28, 2018. The announcement has once again put the 25 Kashmiri boy volunteers on their toes, to possibly launch another cleanliness drive on the Yatra routes.
In September 2017, when Majid Yousuf Attar, 22, of Kashmir’s picturesque town Pahalgam read an empathetic report—Amarnath Yatra: A Militarized Pilgrimage—on environmental impact, he immediately visited the Amarnath Yatra route. On his arrival, he found mounds of non-biodegradable waste, lying scattered everywhere, even though the Yatra had ended one month earlier.