Salvation from plastic - Recycling minds along with waste by Team Rocket
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Despite the proposal’s additional thoughts around awareness building, the project feels more like a waste management program than a campaign geared toward shifting climate attitudes.
While the problem highlighted in this proposal is a very important one, and plastics are a large part of the climate issue, I don't feel this proposal adequately demonstrates how, if funded, this 'corporate foundation' would succeed in actually processing/recycling the plastic waste. It is highly reliant on the Indian government to approve, fund, build and maintain the processing plants (which is key to it's success) and the proposal doesn't demonstrate that there is any movement within the government to do so. I would like to know what the feasibility for the government to approve and fund such sites before granting money for this project. Further, there is no actual budget listed in this proposal that details the expenses. Also, my understanding of a corporate foundation is that it would be supported financially by a corporation or a set of private foundations. This proposal mentions private entities, but doesn't give enough details about the feasibility of these private entities to partner on this project, or provide examples of specific companies that are doing similar work in India. Ultimately, I feel like the authors of this proposal need to do more research to figure out how possible their solution is with the Indian government and private entities and NGOs within India, as the proposal is so reliant on these actors for its success.
The project's focus on reducing plastic waste is laudable, but enormous implementation challenges are described somewhat cavalierly, and the impact on climate change seems like an afterthought. The proposal gives the general impression of being a plastics recycling business plan with environmental benefits rather than a project to shift awareness, attitudes and behaviors on climate.
This proposal has the potential for high impact in India and also scalability if successful as it could be replicated in other countries and areas of the world. It not only helps reduce plastic waste, it also addresses employment issues, revenue for states, and provides companies a way to comply with the CSR mandate imposed by India. The systemic nature of this proposal is probably its most compelling point -- engaging state, corporate and NGO actors to participate in large-scale solutions that are replicable, meaningful and impactful.
Nov 5, 2017
The Proposal is very promising and systematic. Good work :)
I am also an Engineering student and an active member of NSS from last two years. NSS camps are being organised all over the country periodically and personally i have had many opportunities to interact with rural population through these camps. We often spread awareness regarding first aid and diseases when interacting with them. Street plays, animated videos and speeches are some common ways used for knowledge sharing.
The issue of plastic waste management is also of prime concern and the steps proposed for spreading awareness are practical and can be easily performed by NSS. As a supporter of swachh bharat mission, I feel your proposal is a great help to the nation.
Nov 5, 2017
Dear Akhil Goyal,
Thanks for the support, NSS and NCC volunteers in my university have already started spreading awareness at eye camps, blood donation camps, marathons etc. through same activities.
Also, Team Rocket has already send this proposal to NCC and NSS head offices and are awaiting a reply regarding their support. We have also requested them to start addressing this issue and spread awareness among the student volunteers and teachers.
Nov 6, 2017
Plastic waste poses many potential threats to the environment and to the health of citizens. Your proposal seems to be covering all aspects regarding practical implementation in a country like India.
Nov 26, 2017
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