Youth in Nagpur go the extra mile for the environment

Planning to visit Nagaland in the next 30 days

Students at Rohan Agrawal School in Kohima on Thursday. (EM pictures)

Our correspondent
Kohima, July 14 (EMN): As the world grapples with plastic pollution which is causing colossal damage to the environment and the Indian government has banned such items in the country, Rohan Agrawal, son of a juice seller from Nagpur, is making an effort extra with a mission to help stem this threat.

The 20-year-old student from Maharashtra reached Kohima on Tuesday, July 12, after traveling more than 50,000 km – 40,000 km hitchhiking and 10,000 km walking – traveling the road for over 700 days.

Over the past few days, he has visited schools and other institutions in Kohima, raising awareness that human beings contribute about 5.5 million metric tons of plastic to the ocean, which causes various environmental issues.

Rohan Agrawal on Kohima Street on Thursday. (EM pictures)

He said oriental mirror Thursday that he will also visit different districts in Nagaland over the next 30 days.

Agrawal, which advocates the 4Rs – refuse, reuse, reduce and recycle – of plastic items, said its mission is to raise awareness of the environmental risks posed by the use of plastics, while saying it is a moral duty to each individual to conserve the environment.

The youngster said his journey is akin to India’s ancient Gurukul travel culture called ‘Destan’ which was undertaken to understand different religions, languages, cultures and people to broaden his outlook on life. .

He said the main goals of his trip were to raise awareness about “the misuse and misconceptions of plastic”, and also to learn about different cultures, religions, languages ​​and peoples, as well as to spread the message of “unity in diversity”.

What makes his mission unique is that he left his home with just a backpack and INR 2,500 in his wallet; embark on a solo trip without sponsorship from any agency. He managed to travel here with the support of well-wishers and good Samaritans whom he meets along the way. He said he contacts his family once a week.

Agrawal said he covered over 20 Indian states and union territories including Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Delhi, Chandigarh, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Goa, Pondicherry, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, West Bengal, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur and now – Nagaland.

He also meets policy makers, politicians, students, educators and ordinary people during the trip and is said to have met politicians like the Chief Ministers of Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, and a former Chief Minister of Sikkim.

Apart from raising awareness about the harmful effects of using plastic, he also takes time to dispel rumors and spread the message of humanity and brotherhood to the people and unite India.

Sharing the most difficult experience he had had so far, the youngster recalled walking alone for 20 hours in the great Himalayan forest of Madhya Pradesh, with no mobile phone network, no food or any sign of human civilization apart from snakes and animals.

Fortunately, a truck came to my rescue and dropped me off at a place where I managed to find food and shelter, he said.

He also recalled meeting a robber who tried to rob him at gunpoint in Uttar Pradesh. But after pleading and explaining his mission, the thief backed off on his plan and instead offered to take him away.

His next plan is to go beyond the coasts.

‘Later I will walk to Omyakom in Siberia where the temperature is -72 degrees and it is the coldest place on earth, and I might be the first Indian to get there from India. On the way to Siberia, I will also pass through about 12-13 South Asian countries,” he said.

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