Prevent Polythene – Protect Planet, or P4, is a drive by a group of eco warriors, which has chosen Sundays to educate people about the need to say no to plastics

If Sunday is the most preferred day to relax and unwind, it is the busiest day for representatives of the India Youth for Society, a group of environmentally-conscious people, to hunt for a new spot to sensitise people on various measures to be taken to prevent the use of plastics and share alternative ways.

The reason is simple. As they all come together from different walks of life, it is the only day they can spend for themselves raising awareness on ‘Prevent Polythene – Protect Planet’, their new-found campaign termed as ‘P4’.

Highlighting environmental issues such as climate change and global warming that influence human civilisation at large, the green warriors set out to meet their weekly agenda armed with banners and pamphlets.

Pulling out all the stops to encourage people find out alternative measures, members of the society spot busy junctions like RTC Complex, rythu bazaars to promote their concept.

“We bring in experts and environmentalists to speak about the harmful effects of non-biodegradable polythene and how, if neglected, it leaves an irrevocable impact on our environment by holding banners and distributing pamphlets among people.

“With our long-term endeavour, which we plan to continue for the entire year, we hope to bring considerable change among people,” Y. Appala Reddy, president of the society, said.

This apart, the team also runs ‘postcard’ and ‘signature’ campaigns demanding ban on polythene production and requesting the officials to enforce strict action against its violation.

“Since plastics pose a threat to human life and leaves an irrevocable impact on environment, it is the responsibility of each one of us to say ‘no’ to plastics and help maintain ecological balance,” Anitha, one of the representatives, said.

The team members also distribute cloth bags and jute bags at a nominal cost.

“Instead of blaming the government for not taking enough measures to preserve nature, we can do our bit to help people understand the ill-effects of using plastics,” M. Jagadish, secretary of the association, said.

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