We are living in an age when social media has taken over pretty much every aspect of our lives. Internet challenges like the cinnamon challenge, the ice bucket challenge etc. have been quite popular in the last few years and people have gone on to crazy heights to complete them. Amidst all these ridiculous challenges, there have been a few really interesting and valuable challenges.
Trashtag Challenge was an amazing challenge started by Byron Román, who posted a picture of an Algerian ecologist Drici Tani Younes and urged the youth to clean up the trash around their surroundings. This got a lot of people from different walks of life and different age groups involved and people cleaned up massive pieces of land and oceans. While this challenge urged us to fix our mistakes and get rid of all the pollution, yet I felt it addressed another factor for us i.e. there is a high amount of litter and pollution in our oceans as well as our land masses that can be prevented from entering these water bodies.
“Prevention is better than cure”
The litter and pollution on our land masses are trapped by stormwater and it ultimately ends up in our oceans and water bodies, in turn affecting our marine life and disturbing the whole marine ecosystem. While people all around the world have made conscious efforts to remove these pollutants thanks to this challenge, yet various engineered solutions are aimed at preventing these situations from occurring.
Installation of pretty basic devices like Gross Pollutant Traps can play a very significant role in preventing these pollutants from entering the water bodies. Modest devices like TRAPIT with a simple yet effective design and cost-effectiveness can be very effective in preventing this litter from entering our oceans and various other water bodies.
While this challenge has been very effective and useful, I believe we require a different approach now. Instead of constantly polluting our water bodies and then ultimately spending time, money and energy into cleaning our water bodies, we could simply install these modest gross pollutant traps and provide an engineering solution to these problems.