Man must live harmoniously with nature. Unfortunately, since industrialization, man has failed to do so. Now, we are living in an era where lives are entangled in pollution. Plastic pollution has reached alarming heights and is increasing rapidly with every passing day.
only 9% of all plastic waste ever produced has been recycled, 12% has been incinerated while the rest 79% has accumulated in landfills, dumps or the natural environment. These accumulated plastic break into tiny particles that make their way to enter the water bodies. No matter how much we filter this water, it can never get back to its pure form and thus has negative repercussions on over health. Other major threats are as follows-
- Several species are at threat of polymer ingestion.
- Marine life has been suffering since much plastic waste ends up in the sea and the bellies of aquatic creatures.
However, to combat this problem, the world is waking up and governments are starting to act. In the last decade, dozens of national and local governments around the world have adopted policies to reduce the use of disposable plastic. And the number continues to grow.
The Indian government is also on the way to beating plastic pollution. Other than creating awareness among people, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was launched in 2014. Many state governments banned plastic bags and even started to impose fines on using them secretly.
We have seen a lot of positive action, but the truth is that we all need to do more. Let it be a duty of each one of us to do our best and say NO to plastic.
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