Its never tough for me to wake up early in the morning, but was totally shocked yesterday (16-06-2013 ) morning when my sister who usually wake up late on Sunday mornings woke up early on her own and said she will also join me for the clean up. So as planned we both left home around 5AM.
We reached the assembling point which is thalapakatti restaurant in eliots beach where we meet the NOBEL man who lead the broken bridge group of the cleanup. He gave us instructions about collecting different kinds of wastes and asked us to collect them separately, They also Hand gloves and collecting bags, and we all marched toward the Broken Bridge area.
When we reached there every one is assigned to collect only one kind of waste, My sister was asked to collect thin plastic and I was asked to collect Other waste. For once I thought this place is dumping ground for all washed away foot wears, Glass wool (used for insulation in refrigerators) and thermocol, There was so much of them and one bad thing is that they come under Other Waste category which cannot be recyclable.
When millions were still sleeping on their Sunday morning , When most of them didn’t even start cleaning their home, Its awesome to see few thousand (5000+) volunteers woke up early and came to clean the shores of Chennai. I could see people of all age groups, They might be a beach lover like me or a green crusader or nature lover or the one who just want to do some thing good to the society or small kids who turned up because their parents did. They all worked with lots of involvement and energy, and as usual I got inspired by them. I individually collected 4 bags of Other wastes and my sister collected 1 bag of Light Plastic and 1 Bag of other wastes, We together collected a bag of Other waste at the end. After two hours of continuous cleaning we are asked to stop. Every one was happy and proud about what they did, We clapped our hands and shout out of joy and took a group picture at the end. Then a human chain was formed to pass those bags from the beach to the road so that the pickup trucks can collect them. We happily returned home with lots of tiredness in body and with a content that we did something useful today.
Last year 17.6 tones of waste were collected by 2369 volunteers, But this time its 36.7 tones by 5000+ volunteers. Its really an great achievement. I wish the volunteers count go up and the waste count reduces in the future clean-ups. More than that its all not about cleaning for just a day and forget the rest. The important moral of the story is never litter waste and dispose them properly so that environment we live doesn’t get affected.
When they return home some of their parents might ask “Sunday early morning enga poi porikittu vara” and their kids will proudly answer “Beachku poi kuppa porukittu varen” with their heads up, Ha Ha just for fun.