Did you know, only nine per cent of the nine billion tonnes of plastic the world has ever produced has been recycled?
In 1907, when Leo Hendrik Baekeland had invented plastic, he must not have envisioned that it would become a grave issue in the forthcoming times. Plastics have considerably transformed our everyday life.
From polythene bags to medical instruments, almost every second material is made up of plastic. We have become so dependent on plastic that it has nearly become an inseparable part of our daily lives.
Incognizant of its deleterious impact on the environment, we are persistently using it for several tasks such as packaging and storing, cooking, decoration etc. By doing so, we are considerably contributing to plastic pollution.
A permanent solution to this universal nodus has become the need of the hour.
I believe that "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" and according to me, the optimum panacea to this problem is, "Going back to our basics". Ask yourself a question. Did plastic pollution exist at such a pace 60 years back? Well, the answer is no!
One must not forget that hundreds of civilisations have existed on this earth for thousands of years without disturbing the ecosystem. We should study and learn from them. Try to find happiness in nature, not in the four-walled air-conditioned rooms.
The governments of various countries are taking adequate steps to curb plastic pollution. In many countries across the globe, plastic has also been banned, either partially or completely. Kenya has the strictest ban of all, in which a person using plastic bags can be fined up to $40,000 or can face a prison sentence of up to four years.
Remember, just forwarding the image of burning earth along with the caption "Stop Plastic Pollution" would never make any difference. We all must fight for it actively.
The use of jute and paper bags should be encouraged as a substitute for plastic bags. We must follow the 3Rs i.e. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle and ask our friends and family to do the same.
It is shocking to know that if current consumption patterns and waste management practices continue, then by 2050 there will be around 12 billion tonnes of plastic litter in landfills and the environment!
If we do not wish to witness this egregious sight, then we must take adequate steps to extirpate this evil. Always remember, "It's never too late to do the right thing."
Thank you so much!