Mumbai Oct 21: Mangroves stabilize shorelines, preventing erosion and protecting the land and the people who live there from waves and storms. The ongoing Mangroves Cleanliness Drive isn’t just about picking up trash; it’s about safeguarding these vital habitats. And when well-known personalities lend their power to this cause, it shines a spotlight on an often-overlooked issue.
Sameer Wankhede, the former Zonal Director of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), the Drive organized by Swaccha Vasundhara Abhiyan, a youth-led environmental NGO, on Oct 14 at Carter Road in Bandra.
Participants included students of Jasudben M L School and NSS volunteers of JES College of Commerce Science & Information Technology, 150 in all.
While addressing to the students, Wankhede and Redkar spoke on environmental issues and the importance of working together to create a better future for India.
Wankhede also spoke about his work as a drug enforcement officer and the devastating impact that drugs can have on individuals, families, and communities. He urged everyone to play role in preventing drug abuse and creating a drug-free India.
Both Wankhede and Redkar emphasized the importance of working together to achieve common goals. They called on everyone to join such drives. “I am here today to talk to you about the importance of cleanliness and also drug-free living. These are all important issues that affect us all,” he said. He urged everyone to volunteer their time and resources to these important causes.
The couple did not just talk, they also did! Mangrove cleaning is the dirtiest of environmental clean-up jobs, but both actively participated in the programme. They picked up trash and debris from the beach and mangroves forest and helped to clean up the surrounding area. Their participation sent a strong message about the importance of cleanliness and environmental protection.
While talking to SPICE Enquirer, Wankhede said, “As a drug enforcement officer, I have seen first-hand the devastating impact that drugs can have on individuals, families, and communities. Drugs can destroy lives and tear families apart. They can also lead to crime and violence”.
He added, “That is why it is so important to create a drug-free India. We can do this by educating our youth about the dangers of drugs and by working together to prevent drug abuse”
“Another important issue that we need to address is cleanliness. India is a beautiful country, but it is also a very dirty country. We have a lot of environmental problems. This is not only unsightly, but it is also a health hazard” he added.
“I have traveled to many villages and rural areas across India during my career as an actress. I have seen the impact of poor garbage management first-hand”, said Kranti
“I urge everyone to do their part to keep their surroundings clean and free of garbage. We can start by disposing of our garbage properly. We can also recycle and compost whenever possible” Kranti added
Written by: Mariyam Shaikh, Vaishnavi Rasanbhaire, Premsimran Saini.
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