5 countries, 10,000 + km, 1 goal: Raise awareness on plastic pollution

5 countries, 10,000 km, 1 bike, 1 goal: beat plastic pollution


I will set off on a solo motorcycle journey, covering at least 10,000 km from New Delhi through northeast India and across 5 countries --- Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia --- to raise awareness about the hazard of single-use disposable plastic on environment and human food chain. Across many countries in South East Asia - including India, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar - there is a lack of education and awareness about plastic waste disposal. But the urgency of the trip was prompted by a heartbreaking story of a sperm whale that washed up dead on the southeastern coast of Spain in February this year with 29 kg of plastic waste crammed into its stomach. This is just one of the few examples of the staggering amount of plastic waste humans are dumping into the world's oceans.

During the journey, I will participate in several beach clean-up initiatives, undertake plogging activities (picking up trash while running) in association with schools; and volunteer with NGOs who are raising awareness on the effects of plastic consumption on our health and environment. The idea is to exchange information with these countries and learn the best practises about plastic waste reduction. I will aim to teach school kids a module on waste segregation, the most neglected part of the chain.

I am a motorcycle enthusiast who has toured north India extensively and written about climate change and pollution in remote regions of India. I believe there isn’t a better time than right now to undertake such a task as this year in June India will take center stage as it will host the World Environment Day. Such an undertaking, at this time, can add more momentum to the efforts at beating plastic pollution. My tagline will be ‘Reduce, reuse, and recycle’.  

Fuel, accommodation and bike maintenance are the basic costs of this journey, but can add up to a lot. Besides, bike paperwork, including permits and visas of various countries are also key costs involved. If this story resonates with you, do make your contribution to fund this unique initiative.


Carnet De Passage (Import document for bike to cross borders)- Rs 75,000

As per new rules, Entry into Myanmar and Thailand is expensive as they require official escort guides who travel with you till you exit the border, which is very expensive. This is where I will be spending the most! To cut costs, overlanders are usually advised to go in a group: USD 650 /One Way (photo attached below)

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A quick glance into my cleanliness initiative in Delhi.  

Cleaning Jahapanah Park in Delhi of plastic waste
 


Cleaning Activity at Sanjay Van, New Delhi


Recognised by this non-profit org working for climate sustainability
Recognised by this non-profit org working for climate sustainability
My story in Indian Express on climate change
My story in Indian Express on climate change
The expense sheet for one-way border crossing into Myanmar
The expense sheet for one-way border crossing into Myanmar
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18th June 2018
Dear supporters,

Thank you for your support.

Here is a glimpse from my plastic cleanup initiative in my colony in Chittaranjan park and Nilgiri Apartments. I had tied up with the Delhi Police, South Delhi Municipal Corporation to increase public engagement. Through these community-based initiatives I Want to not only raise awareness about the 'big elephant in the room' which is single-use disposable plastic but also about waste segregation at source and composting.

Regards,
Abhimanyu
C.R Park cleanliness drive

Cleanliness drive in Cr Park

Cleanup at Nilgiri Apartments
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Anonymous donated Rs.200
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Jyotsna donated Rs.500
14 days ago

May your efforts bear fruit and the world become #PlasticFree soon. All the best for all you do!

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Manish donated Rs.5,000
25 days ago

Godspeed!

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BRAJ MOHAN SHRIVASTAVA donated Rs.1,000
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Nishant donated Rs.500
27 days ago

Go boy!

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