Fishermen and boat owners from this small town in India’s southernmost state chose to give resistance to the global plastic waste pollution. Since last year, they have been hauling back to land all the plastic that they find in the sea. They even set up first recycling center in this region. This community is fighting back.

A fisherman in Kerala, India, repairs nets on a beach. Plastic pollution can damage and clog nets, but now fishermen are fighting back. Photograph by Frank Bienewald, Getty Images By Maanvi Singh PUBLISHED May 23, 2018 This story is part of Planet or Plastic? —our multiyear effort to raise awareness about the global plastic waste crisis. Learn what you can do to reduce your own single-use plastics , and take your pledge . Kollam, India Kadalamma —Mother Sea—that’s what Xavier Peter calls the Arabian Sea. His own mother gave him life, but Kadalamma gave him purpose, a livelihood. She […]

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