I was hired as an intern for writing content for Footprint on 18/6/20 and it’s safe to say that my experience has been amazing. This was my second internship as a content writer but since I had not written anything for an NGO before, the work was rather new. I do not know what my mentor, Darshan Bhaiya, saw in me when he offered me this position but I’m so glad he did. I have always had a hatred towards plastic for some strange reason and I can’t stand it when my friends or family litter in front of me. I do not know if you’d call this a bad habit or a good one but every time they embarrassed me by discarding a piece of paper or wrappers around, without thinking twice, I’d just pick it up and put it in my bag (if no dustbins were in sight). Maybe that’s what motivated me to apply for this position at Footprint.
I learned about so many new things, about the state of our country when it comes to waste collection and disposal, about marine debris, and the state of marine animals. The topics I was told to write on focused on offering solutions to those problems, instead of merely mentioning them. I had never heard of the term ‘Ecobricking’ before I joined footprint. Making eco-bricks with my family and neighbors was a beautiful experience. I know I’m just a kid and I don’t have reach and connections as of now but I hope I was able to change one out of ten people’s habits and views towards plastic waste. I had no idea that apps like ‘Marine debris tracker’ even existed because the concept was so new and unfathomable. Even though we had to make a few changes in the schedule like going to schools and meeting students to propagate the idea of Ecobricking and safe waste disposal due to the pandemic, I still think this journey has still been heartwarming. I will never never forget this experience and the information I gathered here, the topics I spoke on, and the love I got from the people who read it. I promise to share whatever knowledge I have gained with the people around me. I am aware that where I am now, there’s no turning back, only moving forward and that’s what I’ll do. We all have opinions and ideas and it’s high time we voice them. Trust me, every voice matters, every move counts. The earth is our home. If you and I will take care of it, who else will? Let’s join our hands and work in harmony to get rid of toxicants and Plastic. Let’s give mother Earth a new life.