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Help Abhi take action against plastic pollution in India & 5 countries

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

We made plastic, and now we are drowning in it. To take action and spread awareness about plastic pollution, I will set off on a solo motorcycle journey, covering more than 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 waste management. 

Much like India, waste management in these countries is a big issue. If we don't reduce our consumption of plastic and shift to more sustainable alternatives, we might just lose our planet to plastic.

During the journey, I will participate in several city cleanup initiatives across northeast India and Southeast Asia, 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 practices 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 India was the global host of 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 50,000

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)

Social media credentials
Instagram: @hainglachele
Twitter: @abhimanyuchakra
Facebook: Abhimanyu Chakravorty

Abhimanyu Chakravorty

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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21st August 2018
Dear Supporters,

As part of my routine plogging activity, I went to Sanjay Van today again. Today I completed 103 days of plogging. Here's the trash audit for today: 25 plates
11 plastic bottles
26 plastic cups
1 beer can
5 polythene bags




Dear Supporters,

As part of my routine plogging activity, I went to Sanjay Van today again. Today I completed 103 days of plogging. Here's the trash audit for today: 25 plates
11 plastic bottles
26 plastic cups
1 beer can
5 polythene bags




19th August 2018
Dear Supporters,

As the date of my travel is coming closer, I wish to inform that I am extending my dates till August 30 as I am hoping to get some more kind contribution from people before I pack my bags and head off. But most importantly, I wish to update all my donors of the work that has been done in the past few weeks. I had collaborated with National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFT) in New Delhi, one of India's premier fashion colleges where I had shown them an audio-visual on the plastic problem in the country and globally, as well as conducted a small but fun plogging drive at the nearby Gulmohar Park for the fresh batch of students to get a first-hand experience of plogging (jogging and picking up trash).

Here are some pictures:







Thank you for the constant support.

Regards,
Abhimanyu
Dear Supporters,

As the date of my travel is coming closer, I wish to inform that I am extending my dates till August 30 as I am hoping to get some more kind contribution from people before I pack my bags and head off. But most importantly, I wish to update all my donors of the work that has been done in the past few weeks. I had collaborated with National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFT) in New Delhi, one of India's premier fashion colleges where I had shown them an audio-visual on the plastic problem in the country and globally, as well as conducted a small but fun plogging drive at the nearby Gulmohar Park for the fresh batch of students to get a first-hand experience of plogging (jogging and picking up trash).

Here are some pictures:







Thank you for the constant support.

Regards,
Abhimanyu
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
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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Chandra donated Rs.1,000
about 2 months ago

Best wishes

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tamal donated Rs.250
about 2 months ago
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RUPSHAMUKHERJEE donated Rs.1,000
about 2 months ago
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Anonymous donated US $50
about 2 months ago

Keep it up, Chanyu!

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Ekta donated US $50
2 months ago

All the very best on your mission Abhimanyu! I am very very proud of you!

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Nano donated Rs.2,000
2 months ago

Wishing you everything you truly deserve. Stay blessed! 😇