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 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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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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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.

C.R Park cleanliness drive

Cleanliness drive in Cr Park

Cleanup at Nilgiri Apartments
11th June 2018
Dear Supporters,

It has been a while since I posted. Wanted to let you know that in the run up to the September ride, I have organised two big community cleanups in Chittaranjan Park and Nilgiri Apartments. Besides, I do what is called plogging (running while picking up trash) at Sanjay Van Biodiversity park in New Delhi. Just so that you get a sense of what I have been upto, here are a few pictures.

Plastic clean up drive at Sanjay Van
Plastic Clean Up drive at Sanjay Van
Community Clean Up at Cr Park
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Nano donated Rs.2,000
3 days ago

Wishing you everything you truly deserve. Stay blessed! 😇

Arindam donated Rs.2,500
8 days ago

Great initiative Abhi. Wish we could go around as a group in cities, cleaned and sensitised and developed a habit.

Anonymous donated US $30
12 days ago

Good Luck!

Nivida donated Rs.1,500
about 1 month ago

All the best!

Anonymous donated Rs.500
about 1 month ago
Anonymous donated Rs.500
about 1 month ago