One of the most difficult things to do in life is to look around oneself and recognise where to start making changes. We tend to view problems as being way bigger than us and wait for the solutions to come from somewhere else. We tend to say that it is the government’s responsibility or the mandate of some world treaty. With this view, we forget our own role and position in solving the issue. We forget that we too are part of the picture and not separate from it.
This year, with India playing global host to World Environment Day celebrations and events, we at ReNew Power want to bring the focus back on ourselves and our roles in providing solutions. The theme this year is #BeatPlasticPollution and I encourage you to refuse, and thereby reduce, the consumption of single-use plastic at our office and homes. The grim narrative brought on by the massive problem of plastic pollution all over the world can be reversed through conscious acts of change every day.
What will it mean for all of us? It will mean that people at individual level should consciously say no single-use plastic item of any type. We can start by making very small changes in our lifestyles such as, by not using plastic straws or plastic cups and reinforcing our love for home-cooked food packed in eco-friendly containers. All gifts from us should come wrapped in love, and eco-friendly wrapping paper. We can try and carry our belongings in cloth bags and totes.
We commend and are inspired by the efforts being taken by several entities around the world that are taking practical steps to stop the single-use plastic scourge. At ReNew, we are engaging with local communities around our project sites to spread the awareness about this global initiative. Cleanliness drives, advocacy sessions and painting competition for children are being organized across 18 sites in Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh. Also, we are organizing theme-based activities for all ReNewers. You would have already received invitation for painting and slogan-writing contests. I invite you to participate enthusiastically and help us spread the message.
Let’s pledge to make at least a few of these small changes in our lives. This pledge will feed our long-term commitment to create a work-space that leads by example.
Let’s never forget that the onus is on all of us.