The advent of science and technology has given us some wondrous inventions. But more often than not, the endeavours which began by taking inspiration from the nature have now turned into evident misuse of resources instead of optimal usage. Let’s have a deeper look at one such threat today.
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Plastics are transparent, light-weight, inexpensive and flexible materials. Due to these properties, they’ve become commodity packaging materials over the past few decades. What we failed to notice early on with the plastics is that these are biodegradable in nature and can become fatal for the marine life. As a result, the oceans and even lands are choking with this menace.
India, The Global Host 2018
Having realized the threat posed to environment, the United Nations organized the first environmental conference of countries all over the world in Stockholm (Sweden) in 1972 and 5th June was declared as the World Environment Day to make the citizens aware of the pollution menace. As the world suffers from the single-use, non-recyclable plastics, India is the global host of the annual events.
This year’s theme for World Environment Day is ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ and the social media is flooded with posts to spread awareness. Celebrities have posted various pictures and their thoughts. The internationally renowned sand artists Sudarsan Pattnaik and Manas Kumar Sahoo have given a thoughtful meaning to their wonderful art.
Active Organisations Combating Environmental Problems
Plant a Tree Today Foundation, UK
The Plant A Tree Today Foundation is a non-governmental environmental organization with primary operations in Thailand and Indonesia. PATT’s projects focus on three main things: environmental education, native forest restoration and community development. The combination of these three will components will create a sustainable impact for our future generations.
Greenpeace is a well-known NGO, an independent campaigning organization on various frontiers of environmental issues, which uses non-violent, creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems. This approach enables them to force solutions which are essential to a green and peaceful future.
Dera Sacha Sauda, India
Dera Sacha Sauda is a socio-spiritual organization based in Sirsa, Haryana. Saint Dr. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Ji Insan, the leader of sect has come forward with various cost effective and innovative prevention and conservation techniques, without any professional training. Eco-friendly, organic and prosperous climate-controlled farming, use of fodder instead of burning, cleanliness campaigns, tree plantation drives, setting up biogas plants, promotion of cloth and paper bags, awareness rallies are some efforts He is leading. Wasteland development technique by Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has remarkably converted huge sand dunes into fertile land. Baba Ram Rahim manages all these endeavors single-handedly.
How Can You Help?
Our world will be so better of a place when change reaches where it is needed the most. There are countless projects that conservationists are selflessly involved in, and we sincerely hope with all our hearts that each one succeeds. At personal level, I give up the use of plastic bags and will carry my own cloth bad wherever I go.
Will you do it too? Will you help make earth a better place?
Do let us know in the comments below!