We are the World Blogfest is here with its fifth edition.
To spread peace and humanity on social media, a few of us have worked together to create the We are the World Blogfest. In a world where news and social media are awash with negativity, we aim to turn the focus on to small but significant stories that renew our faith in humanity.
The cohosts for the June 2017 WATWB are:
In the spirit of “In Darkness, Be Light,” I’d like to share the story of two women who decided they’d find an effective, non-polluting way to recycle plastic into bio-fuel, and managed to invent and run a machine that does just that.
Recycling is the norm in most developed countries, but in India, it is a relatively new concept, and for individuals to spearhead this movement to recycle plastic is nothing short of radical.
“It all started in 2009 when Medha and Shirish N. Phadtare, the co-founder of Rudra, visited Thane in Maharashtra. They saw the carcasses of a couple of deer that had lost their lives after eating plastic bags.
“It was really heartbreaking to see that defenceless animals had died just because of some litter that we unthinkingly threw away. We came back home thinking something should be done about the situation. But it was only after a few months that we thought: Why don’t we do something? Why should we always wait for someone else to take the initiative?” asks Medha.
The duo began thinking of ways in which plastic bags could be recycled, literally beginning with putting them in a pressure cooker to see what happened. Since their backgrounds were in law and marketing, they had no technical knowledge in this field.
So these two women started from boiling plastic in a pressure cooker, and worked their way up a to an efficient, self-fueling machine, and process:
For every 100 kg of plastic, 45-65 litres of fuel is generated. Twenty percent of the input is converted into gas, leaving behind water and sludge. The sludge is rich in polymer and can be reused with bitumen to make roads. The team gives it to local builders who use it for the construction of internal roads within housing societies. In this way, 100% of the plastic waste is recycled with no emission and no harm to the environment.
These ladies decided to take the initiative: the Indian government is yet to start something like this on a wide scale. If a machine like this were made more widely available in developing countries, it could go a long way in curbing the tonnes of plastic that enter our oceans and from there into the food chain.
Why recycle, and get rid of plastic? Because a conclusive study reveals that plastic is irreversibly damaging all parts of our planet.
Humans have made enough plastic since the second world war to coat the Earth entirely in clingfilm, an international study has revealed. This ability to plaster the planet in plastic is alarming, say scientists – for it confirms that human activities are now having a pernicious impact on our world.
We are the caretakers of our earth. Time we began to act like it, reuse and recycle, unless we want our children to inherit a desert, and our grandchildren to curse us for ruining their existence..
If you found these pieces of news heartening and would like to take part in this blogfest, sign up in the WE ARE THE WORLD Blogfest Linky List below and please help spread the word on social media via the hashtag #WATWB.
- Keep your post to below 500 words.
- All we ask is you link to a human news story on your blog on the last Friday of each month, one that shows love and humanity.
- Join us in sharing news that warms the cockles of our heart. No story is too big or small, as long as it goes beyond religion and politics, into the core of humanity.
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- We’ll read and comment on each others’ posts, get to know each other better, and hopefully, make or renew some friendships with everyone who signs on as participants in the coming months.
- Add your post HERE so we can all find them very easily.
#WATWB also wants to link to charities supported by the co-hosts, and you could choose to donate to some of them or add links to local charities you support. Here’s the organization I’ve come to love and support: PROJECT WHY— and here’s one of my previous posts on the work they do. Feel free to send them a little of your help– every little bit counts.
Throughout the July Blogfest and until the August Blogfest, the We are The World Blogfest Community Page on Facebook will continue to show links to the various blog posts. So you don’t have to hurry through. You can always enjoy one a day. Like the page and share your posts on the thread for the purpose.
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