Sadhguru, founder of Isha Foundation, has joined forces with the United Nations Environment Program and Plastic Pollution Coalition to raise awareness about the problem of single-use plastic among millions of followers across the world.
The partnership started with a conversation between Sadhguru, Erik Solheim, Executive Director of UN–Environment, and Dia Mirza UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador, in Delhi in honor of World Environment Day in June 2018.
Watch a video of the discussion below.
"Straws, coffee cup caps, refuse to use it!" Sadhguru says. "This must be our personal policy. We also need the law to ban single-use plastic. This will not solve all our problems, but this is one thing we can do. This is our planet, this is our time on the planet. Let's do the right thing!"
Sadhguru further explains:
Unfortunately, we are still looking at a mega problem in small pieces. That's how it works in the world – we are focusing on one thing at a time. Plastic is not a separate problem. Essentially, the problem is about the way we live. We as life have forgotten that we are life. We have forgotten that our life's existence is connected to everything around us. People say nearly seven kilograms of intake exchanges are happening per day. We have lost contact with life – our own life, and everything else that nourishes our life. This is the fundamental disaster which is manifesting in so many different ways in the world.
Plastic is a classic case of who we are right now, how irresponsible we are. Of many materials that we have developed on this planet, plastic is one of the most fantastic ones... But we have handled it so irresponsibly that it has become poisonous, and it has entered everything. They are saying a whole lot of microbes are carrying plastic in them.
It is not time to debate. It is time to act. Though there are so many wonderful people who will immediately respond, I don't believe the larger population will correct things by themselves. They need the push of law. That is why we are looking at single-use plastic ban.
Sadhguru has frequently spoken on issues facing the environment, including the rapidly receding rivers in India. "We are destroying the soil and the water resources at such a rate that in another fifteen to twenty years' time, we will not be able to feed these people and quench their thirst anymore," he said. "Over millennia, for generations, our rivers have embraced us and nourished us. A time has come when we have to embrace and nourish our rivers."
Learn more about Rally for Rivers here, including Sadhguru and Isha Foundation's efforts to #BeatPlasticPollution.
The Isha Foundation, a member of Plastic Pollution Coalition, is dedicated to raising human consciousness and fostering global harmony through individual transformation.