Mim and her peers in Parbatipur have watched the plastic pollution creeping up on their area for years now.
They’ve grown used to seeing plastic bottles and bags lining roads, railways and riverbanks and watching cattle graze among the waste. They’ve inhaled the toxic smoke when plastics are burnt. Many don’t remember anything different.
Yet, recently, young people in this district have been waking up to the dangers this pollution poses, the diseases as well as the flood risks. And they’re determined to take matters in hand.
Mim, 19, is president of one of the local Youth Green Clubs which is now busily engaging its community with the plastic problem and trying to find local solutions.
‘We want to make everyone aware how harmful plastic is, because the water, soil and air are being polluted,’ says Mim. ‘Before, we were not aware either.’