Water, Weather and Waste are three major concerns around the world. The irresponsible behavior of generations of mankind is the root cause of all the three issues. Leaders around the globe are struggling to find solutions to mitigate the risks to future caused by these issues. And they say the World War 3 would be over Water.
Frustration, angst, despair & utter helplessness has made a lot of individuals & institutions focus on addressing the challenges but the situation seems to be only deteriorating. Although there is no magic wand to solve these issues, the starting point has to be Simplified Solutions for Amplified Results. The Acknowledge, Accept & Adapt approach that would fix the responsibility with each one of us has to be far more rigorously driven than today.
This is the story of the waste disposal pits in the housing society where I live.
The daily wet garbage that we created was deposited in the waste pits built on the terrace of each building. The whole process of segregation, deposition & de-composting was managed as per the guidance of an expert in the field. A bit of foul smell & some house flies were thought to be normal by the residents on the top floors. But suddenly the problem escalated into swarms of houseflies & intense odors making it unbearable for the top floor residents. They stopped allowing the waste deposition on the terrace pits. Frantic meetings & heated arguments resulted in emptying all pits to avoid further nuisance.
The big question was “What caused the problem & who is responsible for this?”
Debates & discussion ensued around the quality of pits, process flaws, alternate location for pits, costs involved, future issues etc. Responsibility of the problem was fixed on the builder for improper infrastructure & the waste handling workers for faltering on the process. Surprisingly both of them had no stakes in terms of residing in the society.
The debate & discussion on the way forward is still on. We are yet to reach a consensus.
The problem of the “Wet garbage leaving home “needed to be fixed.
The pity is not the problem that caused so much of heart burn but we failed to ask the basic questions.
1. Who is responsible for generating the Wet Garbage?
2. And so who should be responsible for its disposal in the right manner?
The answer is simple. The Individual Resident. And so is the solution to the problem.
“Don’t let the garbage leave home.”
I think we failed both, individually & collectively, to Acknowledge that the Individual Resident was responsible for generating wet garbage in his house & Accept that the responsibility lied solely with that Individual. And a Simple Solution that could have given Amplified Results did not get enough attention.
The Simple Solution was to decompose your waste in your own house through the specially designed baskets.
The solution is Simple, Scalable & also Sustainable. It will result into cost saving as no new infra such as pits is required & no manpower to maintain them.
Shifting the pits is not the solution, shifting the responsibility is.
It shifts the responsibility from WE to ME. As well educated, affluent professionals we all are preaching the same to others in our work life but not practicing it in our personal life.
And that to me is the real pity.
The day we Acknowledge & Accept our responsibility, it will be a great start. Adapting to the new responsibility would take some time as it requires a behavioral change.
Only the belief that Simplified Solutions give Amplified Results can help us change.
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