‘Made a Pyre of Plastic as a Reminder of Environmental Pollution’

Three deathbeds are made up of over 3,000 single-use plastic items collected from around the Ganga.

My Report
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In a stark climate change installation, we have built a pyre with something that’s killing humanity – plastic. On 20 December 2020, the United Nations’ International Human Solidarity Day, we have installed the world’s first single-use plastic deathbed in Rishikesh, made out of 26 kg of single-use plastic. This is the average amount of waste generated by an Indian in a year.

We started the initiative to show living beings what can be the cause of their life’s end as well as to the coming generations.

Seven years ago, when I started travelling, I saw how we have been dumping plastic everywhere. That got me thinking and I started learning about climate change. 

In front of the installation at the Freedom Ghat, a mirror has been placed to remind everyone that the plastic they mindlessly use and throw has the power to kill humanity.

The three pyres of plastic with a mirror at Freedom Ghat, Rishikesh.
The three pyres of plastic with a mirror at Freedom Ghat, Rishikesh.
(Photo Courtesy: Aakash Ranison)

Of the three deathbeds, the first is made out of single-use plastic bottles, the second of plastic wrappers, and the third created with plastic containers. The installation uses over 3,000 single-use plastic items collected from cleanups around river Ganga in Rishikesh.

We started collecting and building the deathbeds in September 2020. Four months later, the installation is ready for the country to see.

The aim is to inform people about rising global temperature and bring sustainable practices into our daily lives.

We can’t live alone on this earth by destroying the ecological balance of the planet. So, we need to start making changes now.

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