Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Bhutanese has a very Poor Waste Management System in Place.

My Team, My World
It is a century of rapid change in society, in science and technology and in everyday life. It is the age of space rockets, super-fast computer system, chain-revolution era and genetic engineering. 

The world's population increased dramatically to over seven billion. That means we are producing seven billion different waste every day and if we are not mindful ourselves then we need just a week (7 billion people X 7 billion waste X 7 days) to ruins our planet totally  –beyond repairable.

Although we have different concern agencies - Clean Bhutan project, municipal community and Green Bhutan project who work onto monitor, sensitize and fix growing waste problem yet there are still many problems underneath on how to effectively management waste.

We have learnt that managing waste for a huge public gathering is not an easy affairs. This is because Bhutanese lagged far behind in civic responsibility which is the main cause of waste in our community. Over the year, global concern such as threat to human life and nature is overburdened with the type of waste and e-waste we produce every day at our home or at workplace. 

Research have also claimed that waste has become a new threat to personal health and newer diseases every passing year in the market. Yet our people never seemed to understand the reality and the impact it throws unto the nature.

On one side we stand firm with clean heart to provide unsoiled environment settings, on the other side were the ravage. Despite working early morning in ball freezing temperature to every-one-hour interval to late evening trying all the best to keep surrounding clean yet we couldn't do as expected. Because, our devotees gathered out were all lacked in civic sense right from the highest and mighty officers to the lay people. We saw nothing more than people recklessly dumping their waste. What the hell Bhutanese education system have taught our people? Who should be blamed for the cause - education or mindset? 
If individual take firm stand way forward by managing own waste, it won't be a problem. Otherwise, one man's drama would be a costly consign to take things forward.

Unless we use force and fine them of their action individually anywhere we will never experience clean environment, following middle path approach to our people isn't profitable, isn't wise, isn't enough and isn't working.

For the period of 'Zhemgang Dzongkhag Melamchenmo' I have taken full charge of waste management and clean toilet for all which are the most important and the most challenging task that anyone can shoulder. My intention of taking the charge is to make people understand the impact of waste but no one seemed to comprehend our move. It's not an easy game to play in public with all kinds of mindset and behaviors. 

Rather the concept our public have taken in their head was we are paid to fight with the waste, we are the only responsible stakeholders. Our people have viewed, as if we are punished for some criminal offenses, in their eyes we have became a mighty malefactor.

I have never taken this initiatives for a financial gain, reputation, commercial purpose and for any personal benefit. My main motive was to fashion public awareness on how to manage waste. 

To move effectively, we have used different modes of communication and personality to inform our public, business community and highly educated minds on both good and the bad sides of the waste. Yet it wasn't easy. However, amongst all -the most challenging was to sail and steer ourselves in creating awareness to business community around. They seemed to be the most rude and arrogant lots we have came across every time we go round to clean their waste.   

Although everyone has a right to live, knowledge, freedom and happiness but every person has no right to pollute the environment. It is for all of us! 

We have seen every eyes on the row was eagerly looking and waiting for us to come and collect their waste and clean their environment. As if we have polluted and they have paid us. 
Waste Management team busy in their work. 
If you have visited the place and found the vicinity clean and tidy, it is this group who have sacrificed everything just to maintain your hygiene. "Thank them and salute them for their hardship for the cause of your life". 

My appeal to the Government would be, if such religious discourse is for the good cause and for the well-being of whole community there shouldn't be any kinds of business stall -be it religious items or any. I could see and feel that our "Religious Ceremonies and Tshechus" over the year is becoming more like business opportunity. 

Happily see you next season with changed mindset!

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