We are the World Blogfest (#WATWB) focuses on positive stories no matter where they’re found. It is all about spreading peace and humanity on social media.
In the spirit of WATWB, In darkness be the light, today’s story is about Afroz Shah, who has taken it upon himself to rid his city, Mumbai, of garbage and plastic, and to clean up the waters in and around it. If you know anything about this metropolis of skyscrapers, slums and sewers populated by 20 million people, you’ll know what a gargantuan task that is.
“the people he unites with to fix the country’s seemingly insurmountable problem of garbage are mostly students. “I love talking to people who are between 8-21 years old. I see fire in their eyes. Adults want to be inspired, we hear a talk, we say ‘Wow! Great!’ and it ends there,” says Shah.
He gets exasperated when, like your average annoying adult, I ask him for solutions to our couldn’t-care-less attitude about garbage. “Your assumption is that there is a solution. After working for four years, I’m not under any illusion that there is any solution,” he says, adding that the only thing we can do is to start our own personal journeys. “If a solution comes, so be it. If not, we still have to do our duty.”
Read this remarkable gentleman’s entire story HERE.
If you think one individual can’t make a difference, here’s Afroz Shah to prove you wrong. In a world filled with indifferent manufacturers and users of plastic packaging, of blasé governments who don’t care how much non-biodegradable plastic they produce and dump on other countries, positive stories of initiative and courage from people like Afroz Shah give me hope.
This post was the 24th installment of the monthly We Are the World Blogfest: I’d like to invite you to join, if you haven’t as yet, to post the last Friday of each month a snippet of positive news that shows our essential, beautiful humanity.
What positive stories have you come across of individuals making a difference? Do you know what happens to the plastic you see around you? Is plastic recycling a thing where you live? How much of the plastic is actually recycled?
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