Plastic the robust Giant:  Make Room for the Marine.

Oceans provide a home for millions of species on Earth, and it is essential for human life. Unfortunately, while many species depend on the ocean for its ability to create food and oxygen, human activities can negatively impact the ocean and its wildlife.

Plastic is a versatile, light weighted, flexible, moisture, strong and relatively in-expensive. Those are the attractive qualities that lead us around the world, to such a voracious appetite and over-consumption of plastic goods. Our tremendous attraction to plastic, coupled with an undeniable behavioral propensity of increasingly over consuming, discarding, littering and thus polluting, has a combination of lethal nature.

The presence of plastic pollution debris is a serious threat to freshwater and marine ecology. Tiny particles of plastic debris (often called microplastics) are so pervasive in the aquatic ecosystem that we find them in seafood and table salt. Marine organisms ingest or are entangled by plastic, sometimes with fatal consequence. Plastic pollution may impact biodiversity, ecosystem services, food security and human health. Despite the ubiquity of plastic pollution, stemming it, is not an adreadful task to address.

Plastic pollution is poisoning a serious threat to marine life and its ecosystem. The issue of plastic pollution along Pakistan’s coast is a major concern and is worsening due to its inadequate solid waste disposal system. Most of the plastic that enters the sea become a serious threat to marine life due to their non-degradable nature.

It is estimated that about eight million tons of plastic are deliberately dumped in the sea globally and finds its way there through winds or flow of the river and urban run-off. This is approximately equivalent to the dumbing of a garbage truck into the marine water every minute.

A study conducted by Dutch researchers on marine life in the North Sea reported that the local seagull population has ingested so much plastic, that an average of 30 plastic pieces could be found in one seagull’s stomach.

On every simple walk on any beach, the plastic waste spectacle is present. All over the world the statistics are ever growing and staggering.

In the ocean, plastic debris injures and kills fish, seabirds and marine mammals. Marine plastic pollution has impacted at least 267 species worldwide, including 86% of all sea turtle species, 44% of all seabird species and 43% of all marine mammal species. The impacts include fatalities as a result of ingestion, starvation, suffocation, infection, drowning, and entanglement.

Seabirds that feed on the ocean surface are especially prone to ingesting plastic debris that floats. Adults feed these items to their chicks resulting in detrimental effects on chick growth and survival. One study found that approximately 98% of chicks sampled contained plastic and the quantity of plastic being ingested was increasing over time.

Preventing the generation of disposable products as much as possible reduces the amount of money needed for controlling and managing trash and litter. Prevention is both cost-effective and better for the environment.

An estimated one hundred million metric tons of plastic are present in the Earth’s oceans. If one plastic bag can bring down birds and fish, imagine the consequences of this number. The effects of plastic on marine life are so devastating, soon the planet’s sea animals and birds will end up as nothing but statistics. Species will slowly become endangered and then extinct. Keep our oceans clean. Try substituting plastic with paper or recyclable products. Reduce, reuse and recycle before it is too late for the Earth’s oceans.

Plastic Pollution Coalition

Plastic Pollution is a growing global alliance of individuals, organizations, businesses, and policymakers working toward a world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals, waterways and oceans, and the environment.

Plastic pollution is the accumulation of plastic products in the environment that adversely affects wildlife or humans. Plastics that act as pollutants are categorized into micro-, meso-, or macro debris, based on size. Plastics are inexpensive and durable, and as result levels of plastic production by humans are high. However, the chemical structure of most plastics renders them resistant to many natural processes of degradation and as a result, they are slow to degrade. Together, these two factors have led to a high prominence of plastic pollution in the environment. The common plastic products are such as plastic bags, Plastic cups, and glasses as well as Plastic used in medical field.

Environment issues

plastic is a growing disaster. Most plastics are made from petroleum or natural gas, non-renewable resources extracted and processed using energy-intensive techniques that destroy fragile ecosystems. The manufacture of plastic, as well as its destruction by incineration, pollutes air, land, and water and exposes workers to toxic chemicals, including carcinogens.

Plastic packaging – especially the ubiquitous plastic bag – is a significant source of landfill waste and is regularly eaten by numerous marine and land animals, to fatal consequences. Synthetic plastic does not biodegrade. It just sits and accumulates in landfills or pollutes the environment.

Decomposition issues

Trash dumps and landfills are unfortunate major problems, as they allow pollutants to enter the ground and affect wildlife and groundwater for years to come. As plastic is less expensive, it is one of the most widely available and overused items in the world today. When disposed of, it does not decompose easily and pollutes the land or air nearby when burned in the open air.

So, if we want to save our environment then we need to avoid the used of plastic products.

 

بھوک، خوراک

یہ ہے ہمارا کامیاب پاکستان جہاں بھوک اور افلاس کا بازار گرم ہے غریب طبقہ اپنی پیٹ کی آگ بجھانے کے لئے کیا کیا نہیں کرتے اور ہم کس حد تک گہرائیوں میں جا کر ریسرچ ورک کرتے ہیں۔ یہ ریسرچ یہ مردم شماری کے گراف بنانا سب کچھ میری نظر میں فضول ہے کیوں کہ ہمارے ملک میں غریبوں کی کوئی شنوائی نہیں ہوتی۔۔ہر کوئی اپنی دھت میں مست ہے اور اپنی ہی ذات کے بارے میں سوچ کر پریشان ہیں۔
ویسے دیکھا جائے تو یہ ہمارے معاشرے کی ایک مسک تصویر ہے جو ہر کسی کی ضمیر کو جھنجوڑ کر رکھ دیتی ہے۔

Save Food Fight Hunger

Are we humans?
Who gave us right to throw food on streets? who gave us right to ignore poor people and hungry children begging at the streets? why they are doing so? they don’t wish for a luxury lifestyle like others?
Yes they wish.they also have feelings.but when all the doors are seemed to be closed then people are enforced towards begging.hunger is the most important factor that forces people.
A hunger man is the most helpless person in the world and he can do anything for his hungry children.
The other side of scenery,
a person ordered two pizzas for dinner, for the family of 3 persons. they eat one and keep the rest for next day.on next day the pizza gets spoiled and he throws it out in a basket outside of the house. poor kids wandering at streets and begging for food saw the pizza and rush towards the basket to take it and eat half pizza on the spot and take remaining at their self-made broken house to eat it at dinner…
Please stop wasting food…
eat simple, live simple, let other people eat what is their basic right…
#savefoodsavehunger