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Seas and oceans are God’s gift to us. Oxygen is primarily produced by marine plants. Besides, oceans are home to a variety of aquatic creatures.
Imagine what would happen if these creatures were to consume the plastic thrown in by us? Plastic is not just harmful for animals; it is also thought to be carcinogenic (a cancer causing agent). Now, imagine this. Are you a non-vegetarian? Do you eat fish? That way, you are indirectly consuming plastic.
It is our prime responsibility to take care of the environment. Here’s the deal — even if we do not take efforts to protect and conserve it, let’s try not to pollute the environment at the least. It’s time we understand how grave an issue plastic pollution is.
Plastic, when discarded in water-bodies, releases chemicals and toxins that impact our health negatively.
Did you know, it can take about 700 years for plastic to decompose? Some plastics cannot be recycled or burnt as they release harmful dioxins. Plastic is made up of non-biodegradable material that cannot be broken down into simpler substances and thus, contaminates soil and water bodies.
The problem of plastic pollution is growing exponentially — eight million tons of plastic ends up in the seas and oceans every year.
Follow some simple steps to put an end to this global issue. You can begin by avoiding bottled water, saying no to plastic cutlery, and using glass containers to store food at home. By following these steps, we can create a wave of change, save our oceans and preserve the marine ecosystem.
As per reports, scientists in Britain and the US have discovered a plastic-eating enzyme that could help tackle the environmental problems caused by plastic. These findings indicate that this enzyme ‘eats’ polyethylene terephthalate or PET — which is the chemical name for the plastic used for bottles and containers.
We can still solve this crisis. All we have to do is urge everyone to rethink their plastic use. Will you join me in this cause?
- Pledge 1: Refuse plastic drinking straws.
- Pledge 3: Carry a reusable water bottle.
- Pledge 4: Choose biodegradable or reusable cutlery and plates over plastic.
- Pledge 6: Use reusable shopping bags over disposable plastic bags.
- Pledge 7: Compost your organic waste to use fewer rubbish bags.
- Pledge 8: Reuse, recycle and opt for no packaging when possible