UN award to lawyer for largest beach clean-up De­mon­eti­sa­tion: Cash gar­land busi­ness takes the big note hit

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City-based lawyer and en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist Afroz Shah was awarded the United Na­tions’ (UN) top en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­co­lade – Cham­pi­ons of the Earth award – for his ef­forts in launch­ing what is the world’s largest beach cleanup, at Versova. It’s the first time an In­dian has won the award.

Along with five other en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists from across the world, Shah’s ef­forts were recog­nised by the UN in a pro­gramme hosted by the gov­ern­ment of Mexico at the 13th Con­fer­ence of the Par­ties of the Con­ven­tion on Bi­o­log­i­cal Di­ver­sity in Can­cun on Fri­day.

Awarded in the ‘Ac­tion and In­spi­ra­tion’ cat­e­gory, Shah was recog­nised for in­spir­ing hun­dreds of vol­un­teers over the past year to help rid 4,000 tonnes of plas­tic, glass and filth, which had built up on the sand at Versova beach. Mum­bai-based lawyer Afroz Shah (right) and Erik Sol­heim, head of United Na­tions En­vi­ron­ment, clean the Versova beach in Mum­bai.

For the past 12 years, the an­nual Cham­pi­ons of the Earth award is given to out­stand­ing lead­ers from gov­ern­ment, civil so­ci­ety and the pri­vate sec­tor whose ac­tions have had a pos­i­tive im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment. “His [Shah] ef­forts, and the hun­dreds of vol­un­teers he’s in­spired, is a won­der­ful ex­am­ple of cit­i­zen ac­tion and re­minds the rest of the world that even the most am­bi­tious, global agree­ments are only as good as the in­di­vid­ual ac­tion and de­ter­mi­na­tion that brings them to life,” said Erik Sol­heim, head of UN En­vi­ron­ment, who joined Versova Res­i­dents’ Vol­un­teer (VRV), a cit­i­zens group clean­ing up Versova Beach for over a year now, for a day to col­lect waste from the beach in Oc­to­ber. “His out­stand­ing lead­er­ship is draw­ing global at­ten­tion to the dev­as­tat­ing im­pacts of marine lit­ter.”

The ATMs are dry, the banks are al­most. The cash crunch is lead­ing some in­ge­nious peo­ple to shops in the Cap­i­tal’s old quar­ters that sell money — crisp ban­knotes strung to­gether into a gar­land.

A bride­groom’s para­pher­na­lia de­mands a gar­land of cash in north In­dian wed­dings, but the more-than-two-dozen mak­ers of this van­ity item are get­ting unusual cus­tomers this sea­son.

The rea­son is not hard to guess. Peo­ple want to buy gar­lands made of 100- and 50-ru­pee notes, and pay from their e-wal­let or credit card.

Some of­fer to shell out `15,000 in de­funct 500- and 1,000-ru­pee notes in ex­change for a 100ru­pee gar­land that will give A man sells cash gar­lands in New Delhi’s Chandni Chowk area on Fri­day. `10,000 of crispy valid cash.

An at­trac­tive gar­land con­tains about 100 bills, and these can be un­strung to meet daily ex­penses or make sundry pur­chases.

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