Project Title: Marching Towards Plastic Free Living by Ms. Angela Chalthanthiangi Ralte.
Centre for Peace and Development (CPD) is a developmental organization, operates primarily in the state of Mizoram with its head-quarters in Aizawl. Registered on 19th April, 2005 and formed in 2004 December, is currently in its 12th year of working with the people of Mizoram.
CPD’S reputation is of working with marginalized populations which have undergone multiple marginalization and includes migrants and minority tribes that have encountered systemic deprivation and violence. Even within these populations its core interventions are concentrated on bringing protection, care and justice for the extremely distressed like abused children and women. The CPD insists on the primacy of child and women’s rights in all social and development intervention.
It locates itself as an organization which seeks justice and rights for the communities it works with. It considers strategic engagement with other critical actors including the state and civil society organizations including the influential churches/ denominations – though it adheres to operating on a strict secular platform- critical to achieving its objectives.
CPD believes that for sustainable development to take place, intervention at policy level is necessary in areas relating to developmental infrastructure and environmental issues so that the future generation do not find themselves in a hopeless plight, beyond a point where intervention of any kind will make a positive impact’
The project objective can be summed up as follows:
a) to stop the use of single use plastic products
b) to limit the use of plastics in households
c) to find an alternative to use of plastic and other non-biodegradable with locally availably material
Recent project development till date
- Several individuals and institutions were approached that desire to stop the use of plastic both at personal level and large consumption. However, they have not found an alternative way of thinking in reduction of plastic bags consumption. Nonetheless, we consider this as an important milestone as these individuals and institutions will be important pillars in this movement, with further capacity building.
- The Completion of baseline with a sample size of 200 within a locality as an important achievement, because people were open to the survey questions. There has been a turn in the target population, because we managed to find out that the Science Teachers Association of Mizoram has recently conducted a survey on plastic bags consumption with support from Aizawl Municipal Corporation. The survey concluded that Aizawl consumes over 11,000 kgs of plastic bags alone in a month.
- With the distribution of flyers it was observed that for most people, the issue was a new learning for most of them. Departments like State Institute for Rural Development are now including public education on the ill effects of plastic bags through their advertisement on Swachh Bharat.