Afroz Shah, a young Indian lawyer from Mumbai, is often connected with the world’s largest beach cleaning project.
Afroz Shah: A man of Action
In October 2015, Shah and his neighbor Harbansh Mathur, an 84-year-old who has since passed away, were frustrated with the piles of decomposing waste. The waste that had washed up and completely overwhelmed the city’s Versova beach.
Determined to do something about it, the pair started cleaning up the beach themselves, one piece of rubbish at a time. Every weekend since, Shah has inspired volunteers to join him – from slum-dwellers to Bollywood stars, from schoolchildren to politicians. They have been turning up at Versova for what Shah calls “a date with the ocean”. but what it really means working shin-deep in the rotting garbage under the scorching Indian sun. Picking up smelling pieces of plastics from the sand and gathering them for recycling.
The largest beach clean-up in the world would be a reward in itself. But for spearheading it, Mumbai-based lawyer Afroz Shah has been named as one of the winners of the top environmental honor of the United Nations. Afroz Shah will be among those bestowed with the Champions of the Earth award for leading the clean-up of Mumbai’s Versova Beach.
So far, the volunteers have collected over 7,000 tons of trash from the 2.5-kilometre beach.
Afroz Shah in KBC
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Recently, Afroz Shah was featured in Television show Kaun Banega crorepati ‘s new initiative ” Nai Chah Nai rah “. With Actor and Model Shilpa Shetty Kundra, they played with Amitabh Bachchan for their beach cleanup project. He has been also gifted an Escort Excavator and Tractor to cope up with his clean up project. It was like a promotional episode for him. They also played an interesting game where he won 25 lakhs rupees. This special episode is organized every Saturday on KBC to promote some good works around the country.
We wish Afroz Shah and his team all the best for his future. We know that with our oceans polluted, we can’t proceed to development. In addition to that, with pollution, we are not only inviting epidemic, but also a coming disaster. And we pledge that we will never contribute in increasing pollution. we will reduce the waste around us to make this earth a better place to live.