Updated: Sep 26, 2019
The save northeast campaign was first initiated at Guwahati on 18 March 2019 by a group of students from different colleges and universities on the idea to make people of the region aware of the dangers of plastic littering and it’s adverse effects on the health and environment of the Northeast region. In the recent years use of disposable plastic in our region has increased tremendously and it has become extremely necessary to check the excessive use and littering of plastic based products which has been causing extensive damage to the natural environment of the villages, towns and the cities.
Due to the lack of proper management of plastic waste, the rate of pollution in the local water bodies (ponds, lakes and rivers) has immensely increased and has been affecting the biodiversity of aquatic life forms. It has also directly or indirectly resulted in the decline of authenticity of eco-tourism of the NE Region, which is basically known as the hub of eco-tourism around the world.
The campaign began with the idea of cleansing the region off the unattended plastic waste and making people aware about the threat it poses to the environment. The save northeast campaign was first carried out by a small group of students in Guwahati city streets, parks and other public places where they went out and cleaned the areas all by themselves. Public hangout hotspots like the Gandhi Mandap which is popularly known for being constructed in the memory of Mahatma Gandhi are daily visited by thousands of people on daily basis, who knowingly or unknowingly litter a lot of used plastic based products in the surrounding. This has resulted in the excess accumulation of plastic waste which has been affecting the biodiversity of various life forms in the area.
The excess amount of plastic mixed with the soil has been seriously restricting the growth of various plants by reducing the fertility of the soil and also causing a halt in the re-absorption of groundwater, which has now become a national issue. Initially the campaign was carried out in these particular areas and it was difficult to cover more areas because it was quite difficult for a small group of students to spare time from their hectic schedule. So, the campaign could not be carried out during weekdays and the students had to resort to their weekend time to work on the said matter.
During these times, the students faced various problems such as segregation of the collected waste product