We took a Tuk Tuk to Serenity Beach today, which is a about 15 mins away. Serenity is a really nice fishing community beach, pretty clean and quite busy. The boy happily played in the shore breaks for a good few hours
Meanwhile I was staring at the countless unusually exotic creatures dead on the beach, either from being washed up as discarded as part of the daily fishing process. I wasn’t sure.
A bit later, i got chatting to this guy, Sunnar. He is a CGI student from Madurai who had descended on Pondi for the day, with his friends who are from lots of different Indian states. I decided to approach the subject of recycling and damage being done to the planet from plastic, over population etc. I was keen to understand what the younger Indian generation thinks about it and if anything is being done or starting to be done. Disappointingly he said that there is no message out there to the people, allowing them to understand what the consequences of their actions are. My response was that surely as everyone in India has a mobile phone, and i mean, EVERYONE! Then getting a campaign out there would be easy right? No, campaigns of this nature, whilst they hit many people. The Indians will simply share it and think they have done their bit. This is not unlike a lot of other countries conscious social media users. The Indians are quite a resourceful bunch and I assumed that viewing plastic as the new free material to mould into something new, would have already been in motion. Sunnar said not, partly because there is no real legislation to steer in that direction (sound familiar?). Shame, i think India could make real change in this area quite quickly as they use a lot less plastic than us, so mass ban would not be as bit a shock to large retail business, i don’t think? Does anyone have a view on this, of have spoken to anyone who knows a little more? Anyhoo, really nice guy, wishing him all the best looking for a job, hopefully one where he gets to travel.