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Good Sports: Child Activist Spurs Beach Cleaning near Taj Mahal

Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
August 2022
Good Sports: Child Activist Spurs Beach Cleaning near Taj Mahal

Licypriya Kangujam, an 11-year-old environmental activist from Manipur, recently tweeted a photo of herself standing on the trash-strewn beach of the Yamuna River, with the Taj Mahal in the background. She held a sign that said, “Behind the beauty of Taj Mahal is plastic pollution.”

“You might be witnessing this scene when you visit the Taj Mahal,” she wrote in the tweet. “You may say it’s very polluted but your 1 piece of polythene bag, one simple plastics water bottle led to this situation when millions of people visit every year.”

Her tweet went viral and, the very next day, a group of workers were cleaning the beach. “Happy to see my one tweet forced (the authorities) to clean garbage around Taj Mahal,” Licypriya tweeted. “But I want a permanent solution. Ban single use plastic completely in & around all heritage sites of India under a law. Anyway change is coming whether you like it or not.”

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Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

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