With New Year around the corner, most young Mumbaiites would like to plant more trees in the coming year, while a slightly elder age group would like to recycle or abandon use of plastics in 2017, a survey found.
The survey titled ‘My Green Resolution for 2017’ conducted for two age groups -- 18-25 and 26-35 -- by management students of ITM Kharghar and city-based NGO me2green collected data from malls, cafes, railway stations, banks and parks from Mumbai and Navi Mumbai by interviewing a little more than 500 people.
The assessment gains significance in light of a host of environmental issues through 2016, with loss of green cover for many infrastructure and housing projects, overburdened landfills, poor air and water quality plaguing the city’s ecology.
“Plantation drives got a remarkable response of 19% for young Mumbaiites who were very concerned about planting more trees, maintaining them and transplanting those uprooted for various projects,” read the survey analysis. “On the other hand, the elder age group had a more holistic approach where they were concerned about the excessive use of plastic and the government’s inaction of banning plastic bags or introducing programmes to recycle them.”
Members of NGO me2green said it was important that people understood consequences of their daily unsustainable habits. “The green resolution survey will help us design better awareness efforts in future,” said Charvi Parikh, founder, me2green.
The second most important concern for both groups was waste management at household and organizational levels, with 11% young Mumbaiites and 10% of the elederly group, demanding waste segregation, composting and recycling of both dry and wet waste.
The survey also found that both age groups were concerned about reducing the use of vehicles and using more public transport to save fuel, which was the primary source of poor air quality in Mumbai during most months of 2016. Some of the other responses included saving electricity, recycling paper, not wasting food, improve water quality at the city’s rivers and stop smoking.
“Most of us take New Year resolutions for ourselves. Our team decided to take resolutions to make the environment better,” said Mohd Adnan Baba, MBA first year, ITM. “Apart from the survey, we collected individual stories from citizens on what they would like to do through the year, which were shared on multiple social media platforms.”
Surprisingly, 11% of the elders and 10% of the younger age group were disinterested in doing anything to improve the city’s environment.
“It is interesting to see what sustainable practices Mumbaiites would like to adopt in 2017 from the two age groups as one focuses more on contemporary issues that affect them while the elder age group is focused on the daily issues from their lifestyle over a period of time,” said Prachi Gupta, professor and survey coordinator, ITM. “From an academic point of view, the students will be culling out the findings and publish a research paper for the same.”
What young citizens want to do to improve Mumbai’s environment in 2017
Age group: 18 – 25 years
19% - Plant more trees
14% - Recycle or not use plastic at all
11% - Improve waste management
10% - Reduce all forms of pollution through sustainable habits
10% - Do nothing to improve the environment
9% - Reducing vehicle use and focus more on public transport to save fuel
8% - Recycle paper
8% - Save electricity and use renewable forms of energy
5% - Stop smoking
4% - Improve water quality at rivers and ocean
2% - Reduce food wastage
What elder citizens want to do to improve Mumbai’s environment in 2017
Age group: 26 – 35 years
18% - Recycle or not use plastic at all
15% - Plant more trees
12% - Reducing vehicle use and focus more on public transport to save fuel
11% - Do nothing to improve the environment
10% - Improve waste management
7% - Save electricity and use renewable forms of energy
6% - Reduce all forms of pollution through sustainable habits
6% - Recycle paper
5% - Stop smoking
5% - Improve water quality at rivers and ocean
5% - Reduce food wastage
Some respondents had unique responses to the survey, where they said they would like to:
•stop hurting animals,
•provide food to poor,
•provide shelter and clothing to the underprivileged,
•implement rainwater harvesting,
•use of organic products,
•use of solar energy to power homes