Activist Shaniera Akram shared a revealing video of Karachi Beach urging residents to participate in reducing plastic bags.
Heading to Instagram, former cricketer Wasim Akram’s wife posted a video showing her walking on Sea View, polluted by plastic bags.”There is no bigger heartbreak than the love one has for our city and our beach. Karachi and all who live here on our land and in our waters, are literally choking to death,” she wrote.
She said that the metropolis needs us more than ever right now. “This has been so hard for me to post but if we really want to clean up our city then now is the time because Karachi really needs our help. YES we need better garbage disposal, YES we need to enforce recycling systems but we also need to start playing our role.”
Akram also shared some striking facts about the time needed to break down different types of waste. “Did you know a plastic bag takes between 1-10 000 years or more to decompose? We don’t need more bandaids of beach clean ups we need to get to the root of the problem! This is our home and we need to look after it,” she said.
Karachi is the largest city of Pakistan, generates more than 13,500 tons of municipal waste daily
Shaniera Akram said “Karachi is imposing a ban on plastic bags from Oct 1st but it’s up to us to enforce it. Stop the use of plastic bags and polystyrene containers in your home and office NOW. Everyone must play a part so that we can all have a better future.”
She continued “If just half of us stop the use of non recyclable plastics that will make an incredible difference already. Make the change so that our city has a chance. Ask for paper and say no to plastic.”