To celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans all the plastic items in the shrine complex. Delhi Sikh Gurudwara management committee (DSMGC) president Manjinder Singh Sirsa said, “Water and Langar will be served to the devotees in the steel utensils. Plastic items such as Plates, glass, spoons, straws, polybags and many other single-use plastic items such as thermocol cup plates will not be used henceforth in the biggest shrine in the capital. “
He further added that many other eco-friendly steps have been taken by the religious body at the gurudwara to achieve the status of the cleanest place in the capital.
As per the statement released by the DSMGC, over 5000 poly bags and thermocol cup plates were being used to distribute Prasad to the devotees on a regular basis. But the beginning of the October 2nd, eco-friendly jute bags, and leaf bowls are used for the same purpose in the shrine, it is called as most iconic places among religious institutions in the country.
On top of that, DSMGC has also set up a recycling plant to convert over two tonnes of flower and langar waste into organic manure and vermicompost. Also from shifting to clean PNG for preparing langar for around 35000 people daily, the Sikh body also installed fixtures and water-saving appliances. It is also using recycled water for gardening and floor washing etc.
People will have to start changing themselves along with their habits if they want to see the change around themselves. Garbage and plastic is an issue that is created by us and animals are suffering even being innocent. Aquatic species are dying because of plastic being dumped and its accumulation inside the oceans.
It has been found that there is a gyre of marine debris which is made just of plastic waste being dumped in the pacific ocean. And it is known as the Great Pacific Garbage. That is just the tip of Iceberg, there are vast dump yards and landfills that are contributing to its full potential for pollution, habitat change and toxicity for animals as well as us.
Let us all take some minor steps which together become large for the conservation of our home. To save our mother Earth. Save the species diversity and hence Life for all of us. And remember, there is always plan B but in this case, there will be no Planet B!
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