1.For the past almost 5 years (week 215), following activities/ground action programs are being carried out on day to day basis to tackle marine litter.
a. Cleaning beaches;
b. Cleaning mangroves;
c. Running ground action programs with citizens living in human – ocean conflict zones (60% of Mumbai citizens live in this zone where littering in these zones turns plastic into marine debris) to –
i) To stop littering;
ii) To train people to shift away from a linear economy to a circular economy;
iii) Training communities to implement Extended Producer’s Responsibility (EPR) activities with the partnership of small – scale plastic producers and citizens;
iv) To turn ocean plastic into recyclable raw material;
d. Cleaning creeks, cleaning inaccessible mangrove patches submerged under water during high tide with the help of boats.
e. River Mithi Rejuvenation – cleaning of the river and training people living on the banks of the River to not to litter and adopt Circular Economy. Till date, ~1 km of the River Mithi stretch is free from solid waste.
f. The State of Maharashtra banned some unnecessary (single use plastic etc) which was found in huge numbers in the beaches in India. Advocate Afroz Shah constantly engages the law makers and the policy makers to make effective and proper laws. The banned on single use plastic in Maharashtra is one such engagement.
g. Three more cities, i.e. Surat, Goa, Jaipur are having regular cleanup (once in a month) under the aegis of Afroz Shah Foundation.
2. United Nations Environment has labeled this cleanup as the world’s largest beach cleanup. Afroz Shah has been awarded the ‘UN Champion of the Earth’ award by the United Nations – the first Indian to receive this award. United Nation labeled the beach cleanup as the world’s largest cleanup in world history. Adv. Afroz Shah has been awarded ‘Indian of the Year’ by CNN NEWS 18 in 2017 ; ‘GQ Men of the Year 2019’ and CNN ‘World Hero’, 2019.
3. The Prime Minister of India, Mr.Narendra Modi has spoken about
these efforts in the following words:
a. Tweet done by Mr. Narendra Modi:
b. Tweet done by Mr. Narendra Modi:
c. Speech of Mr. Narendra Modi in Mann Ki Baat May, 2017
d. Mr. Narendra Modi called Advocate Afroz Shah and inspiration to the citizens of India.
Please find below some of the statistics of the ground action programs undertaken till date:
a. ~ 30 million kgs of plastic and filth has been retrieved from the ocean.
b. 200,000 citizens are actively participating in human ocean conflict zone to beat plastic pollution and to adopt a Circular Economy.
c. 2, 00,000 citizens and 70,000 students regularly working on roster system (Weekly basis) to clean beaches, Mangroves, Rivers.
d. 1 million plastic pieces (Multi-layer Packaging) stopped from entering water bodies in last one year.
e. One clean beach – Versova beach, Second beach under-going transformation – Dana Paani Beach, Mumbai, River Mithi being rejuvenated.
f. 43 Padas-villages in a protected forest- Sanjay Gandhi National Park – adopting circular economy – to reduce ‘human-animal conflict’.
4. Please find enclosed some of the reporting (Press, Electronic Press, Social Media etc.) – which are in public domain – (Annexure-1). These reports document the enormous amount of work already carried out at the ground level by Advocate Afroz Shah and team – to tackle marine litter.
5. All these activities listed in paragraphs 1 to 10 above will now be implemented by scaling all the activities up. All SDGs i.e. SDG 1 (No Poverty), SDG 3 (Good Health and Wellbeing), SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), SDG 10 (Reduce Inequality),SDG 11(Sustainable Cities and Communities), SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), SDG 13 (Climate Action), SDG 14 (Life Below Water), SDG 15 (Life on Land), (Right to clean water), will be scaled up and implemented in more sustained basis and ways.
6. The brief note of the project/program is as follows:
Command area of the project: City of Mumbai
The following program is ongoing/will be
- Beach cleanup: Whole City of Mumbai
By personal involvement by citizen volunteers and students to clean the beach which is the flash point of the pollution and to get connected with ocean.
- As of now –
- Versova beach Cleanup : from 2015
Location : Andheri
Length : 3 km
Beach cleaned in 2018 hence sustainable cleaning is conducted on every Saturday of Week.
- Dana- Paani Beach Cleanup : from 2018
Location : Malad
Length : 2 km
Beach cleanup is conducted on every Saturday of weekend.
Proposed beach cleanup in
the next 3 years:
Erangal Beach, Aksa Beach, Marve Beach, Silver Beach and other various beaches of Mumbai
- Mangroves cleanup: Whole City of Mumbai.
(i) As of now – from 2015
- Mangroves at the coast of Versova beach,: Andheri
- Mangroves at the coast of Daana Pana beach, Malad
- Mangroves at various locations of Versova, Andheri.
- Mangroves at various location of Mumbai
- River Rejuvenation: City of Mumbai
- As of now – from 2018
- Location: River Mithi, Mumbai
- River Mithi length 18 km – source Vihar lake and the mouth of river is Arabian Sea, location at Mahim creek.
- Pollution: Solid Waste and Liquid Waste.
- Population at the banks: around 5 million.
Cleanup, Circular Economy and Community Development at the source of River Mithi – Filter Pada, Powai : by involving citizen volunteers and students of Mumbai
- Cleanup – by manually and with the help of machine removing the plastic from River Mithi
- Circular Economy – Awareness and adoption program of solid waste (Segregation of dry and waste garbage) Collection of dry garbage from individual householders
- Community Development – bonding together on meal (refreshments provided at the time of activity) and spending time with volunteers and the locals to create self-belonging and awareness.
- Forest cleanup: Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai.
- Location SGNP, Mumbai
- Population: Human animal conflict zone: 43, tribal hamlets: Approx: 8,000 citizens
- Cleanup: Once in a week by involving citizen volunteers and students to clean pada and surrounding
- Circular Economy – Awareness and adoption program of solid waste (Segregation of dry and waste garbage). Collection of dry garbage from individual householders
- Community Development – bonding together on food and spending time with volunteers and the locals to create self-belonging and awareness.
- As of now – from 2018
- One Pada – Chuna Pada – approx.: 200 population – 146 households – now zero garbage by proper solid waste management and wet garbage turning into compost
- Second pada – Nava pada is on the process of turning into zero garbage.
- sense-of-belonging and awareness.
- Circular Economy: Awareness, Adoption, training, collection and implementation of Circular Economy in whole city of Mumbai.
(i) As of now: from 2015
- Population more than 75,000
- Sagar Kutir Wadi, 7, Bungalows, Andheri (W), Mumbai
- Siddharth Nagar Wadi, 4, bungalows, Andheri (W), Mumbai
- Commercial Establishment and Restaurants, Versova, Andheri
- River Mithi, Filter Pada, Powai, Mumbai
- Chuna Pada, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai
- Nava Pada, Sanjay Gandhi National Park
- Leadership Program: Schools and colleges awareness campaign
- Roster System: Once in a month students of each school and colleges and engaging in cleanup activities (Beach, Mangroves, Forest and River). Also participation of students involved in mindset change – ground action and interaction with citizen for adopting circular economy.
- Bank of Plastic: Every school and college engaging students to collect their plastic waste in the bank of plastic (a big bin for dry waste)
- Creek cleaning program- Whole City of Mumbai
Dingy Boats use to clean creeks (collective plastic waste) abetting ocean of plastic filth.
(i) As of now from 2019
- Cleaning Creek at Siddharth Nagar
- 8 local community boys has employed to run the boat and clean creek manually.
- Right to clean environment is connected with the right to livelihood.
7. All these activities ( on going and planned) will be carried out in different cities and throughout the territory of country of India . 13. All activities which are the nature of policy – legislature or otherwise – will be carried out outside of India as well. Input for making a good policy/law is global in nature – as the nature of ocean