From Poly(bag) to Poly(ban): A Final Call for Change
Plastic pollution has become a concern across the world, and it only continues to grow. In the last 10 years alone, we have produced more plastic than in the whole of the 20th century. Isn’t it time we notice?
As we all know by now, plastic is a non-biodegradable substance; it doesn’t get dissolved in water or soil and yields a toxic gas when burnt. Its effect on the environment – flora, fauna, and even humans – is downright devastating; plastics are responsible for millions of deaths each year. At the current levels of production and consumption, the threat of plastics in 50 years will be greater than that of an atomic bomb!
The resistance needs to start now. With 20 Indian states having imposed a complete ban on the manufacture, supply, and storage of polythene bags and other plastic items and 5 others following suit with a partial ban, we seem to have the right start. All we need now is the participation of the people! NGOs, schools, and institutions have already taken charge. We need more flowers delivered in jute bags, more medicines in paper pouches, more food served in paper plates, and more supermarkets adopting cloth bags. Only when this ban results in lasting behaviour can the damage be reversed.
Only when the ban will turn into a passionate movement by citizens who are
aware and willing enough will we be able to see the gap between intention and
action bridge closer.
The start is ripe, all we need now is a change in behaviour. Plastic habits need to be replaced with sustainable habits. Very soon, there may not be a planet left to save.
Illustrated by: Sahil Sachdeva is a final year Computer Science Engineering student at Manav Rachna University, Faridabad. He is an avid graphic designer and specializes in logo and illustration work. He firmly believes that every pressing issue requires a creative solution and is always full of witty ideas.