Why and What is Green Protocol?
A deep analysis into the problem of Solid Waste Management will light the fact that waste becoming an unmanageable problem is a very recent phenomenon that began hardly ten to fifteen years back at the most.Increase in population as claimed by many is definitely not the main reason. If one analyses critically, it boils down to one word “Disposables”.
By disposables what is meant here is that the use of one time use and throw products has increased drastically in the past ten to fifteen years and with it the magnitude of the problem of its disposal. Disposable water bottles, disposable paper, Styrofoam and plastic cups, disposable paper, plastic and Styrofoam plates, disposable food packaging including aluminium and Styrofoam packaging, plastic bags, etc. Therefore Green protocol is essentially a set of measures which when implemented results in significant reduction of waste with primary focus on prevention of use of disposables and using reusable alternatives like glass/stainless/porcelain cutleries.
When Green Protocol is implemented in any event, non biodegradable waste generation becomes close to zero. Therefore, the question of waste management post the event becomes virtually non- existent. It was tried for the first time in National Games and now it has become a people’s movement with many functions including weddings implementing Green Protocol.
Innovativeness of the initiative:
- Though many initiatives have been taken in the sector of waste management, Green Protocol is the first of its kind initiative, that gave life to the first R “Reduce” of the Solid Waste management hierarchy,the importance and significance of which is felt all across the society and hence taken up people belonging to different religions and backgrounds.
- A disposable free event has never been thought of in the country before, and it was the first ever National Games that implemented a Zero Waste concept and this makes it the only mega sports event in the world that implemented Zero waste concept.
- Using events like that of sports, elections, etc to spread consciousness on environment protection and sustainable waste management behavior is another first.
Green protocol as of today has truly become a movement in Kerala. It has definitely taken the form of an enviro-cultural revolution that the mission strongly believes is going to change the way we live in this Country and on this planet.
This initiative has been awarded the CM’s award for best developmental intervention. MoUD has now directed the mission to spearhead this initiative in the upcoming FIFA world cup.