Last month, team indibeat introduced #indibeatafternoons – wherein we asked Twitter influencers to comment on issues that are relevant to Indian millennials, from career to fitness, society, trends and more.
The third session of #indibeatafternoons was all about cleanliness in the country. We spoke to individuals who’ve been actively working towards a cleaner environment.
Entrepreneurs as well as freelancers joined the conversation, as we discussed the reality of hygiene in their cities, and the steps they’ve taken to keep pollution at bay.
Sanil Mahajan: @thedarkrebel
Asa Ferreira: @MustExpresso
Here are the excerpts from the Twitter chat:
IB: Do we really understand the concept of cleanliness?
@thedarkrebel: People are often seen casually throwing plastic water bottles on the road. Women who complain how their maids don’t clean the house properly will throw out stale food on the road. This ‘I don’t give a damn’ attitude is mostly seen with the so-called intellectuals.
Cleanliness is a two-fold process – maintaining cleanliness yourself and encouraging others to do it too. You cannot be selfish. It’s all about the upbringing. If children see their parents throwing trash on roads, they won’t hesitate doing it.
@MustExpresso: No. We see educated people spitting, peeing in public places and littering. How else would you explain the state of our neighbourhood? And when we do tell people, they say ‘we are not dirtying your house, why do you care?’. Ridiculous!
IB: What are the problem areas in your city?
@thedarkrebel: There is a lack of public toilets and proper waste disposal. The hills are turned into dustbins, the rivers are unclean, and plastic bags are flying around.
@MustExpresso: There’s garbage lying on the streets. People will stand next to it and eat, then throw their plates there too, because there are no dustbins. It’s disgusting! And the rivers are in a sorry state too.
IB: What can we, as citizens, do about this?
@thedarkrebel: We create the mess. We need to clean up. Stop trashing the country! The sad part is that no one wants to take a lead. But if you start a movement, the others will join. I have experienced it myself.
@MustExpresso: As Sanil said, we can’t be selfish about this. We need to educate people, we need to stop people from littering, peeing, and spitting. We usually don’t, because we are scared people will yell at us. Or we know they don’t care, so we don’t make an effort. This needs to stop.
IB: Do you think officials here on social media can help?
@thedarkrebel: Most of our problems are a result of population. There’s a limit to what officials can do. They cannot create magic. PMC has started an excellent initiative on accepting complaints via social media but the staff has not been aligned yet. The corporators should be held accountable. But when will the citizens change? That is a priority.
IB: How will real change come about?
@thedarkrebel: Everyone is waiting for someone else to take action. People need to step up!
@MustExpresso: The volume of people talking about this problem needs to increase, or else no one takes an interest in these discussions.
Cleanliness goes beyond keeping our homes clean. Small efforts taken will help us go a long way. Plant trees, pick up litter, ask people to stop littering, and educate people about the harmful effects of peeing and spitting in public. These are just a few examples.
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