34,000 km of plastic roads of plastic in India

34,000 km of plastic roads of plastic in India

Fisherman in India’s southern state of Kerala are taking on the battle to cut the level of plastic waste in the oceans.

Indian fishermen take plastic out of the sea and use it to build roads. Every one of India’s 1.3 billion people uses an average 11kg of plastic each year. After being used, much of this plastic finds its way to the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean, where it can maim and kill fish, birds and other marine wildlife. But since last year, fisherman in India’s southern state of Kerala are taking on the battle to cut the level of plastic waste in the oceans.

Last summer Kerala’s fisheries minister J. Mercykutty Amma started a scheme to clean up the oceans. Under her direction, the state government launched a campaign called Suchitwa Sagaram, or Clean Sea, which trains fishermen to collect the plastic and bring it back to shore. In Suchitwa Sagaram’s first 10 months, fisherman have removed 25 tonnes of plastic from the Arabian Sean, including 10 tonnes of plastic bags and bottles, according to a UN report on the scheme. Read More