As the population continues to grow, so does the amount of garbage that people produce. On-the-go lifestyles require easily disposable products, such as soda cans or bottles of water, but the accumulation of these products has led to increasing amounts of plastic pollution around the world. As plastic is composed of major toxic pollutants, it has the potential to cause great harm to the environment in the form of air, water and land pollution.
Put simply, plastic pollution is when plastic has gathered in an area and has begun to negatively impact the natural environment and create problems for plants, wildlife and even human population. Often this includes killing plant life and posing dangers to local animals. Plastic is an incredibly useful material, but it is also made from toxic compounds known to cause illness, and because it is meant for durability, it is not biodegradable.
As per the news, our government will ban the use of plastic with effect from 1st April 2019, but before that we need to EDUCATE, EMPOWER AND ENCOURAGE our communities about it. Therefore we Bhutan Scouts Youths and others youths who recently completed class XII would like to take opportunity to give advocacy.
Mission : EDUCATE, EMPOWER AND ENCOURAGE.
To change the mindset of every Bhutanese to be responsible citizens and practice sustainable development goals.
- To spread the power of hopefulness.
- To inspire healthier communities by connecting people to think positive and talk positive.
- Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.
- To create a better place for everyday life for the people.
- To reinvent how people share knowledge, tell stories, and inspire their audiences to act.
- Spread ideas and accelerate the world's transition to sustainable development goal.
Causes of Plastic Pollution
While solving the problem of plastic pollution may seem as easy as just implementing recycling or cleaning up empty bottles, the truth is that the plastic causing the pollution can range in size from big to microscopic. The major contributors to this problem today include:
Plain Old Trash
Plastic is everywhere, even on those items you may not expect it to be. Milk cartons are lined with plastic, water bottles are handed out everywhere, and some products may even contain tiny plastic beads. Every time one of these items gets thrown away or washed down a sink, the toxic pollutants have more of a chance to enter the environment and do harm.
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.
It is Overused
As plastic is less expensive, it is one of the most widely available and overused item in the world today. When disposed, it does not decompose easily and pollutes the land or air nearby when burned in the open air.
Disposing of Plastic and Garbage
This may sound a bit confusing, but because plastic is meant to last, it is nearly impossible to break down. Burning plastic is incredibly toxic, and can lead to harmful atmospheric conditions and deadly illness. Therefore, if it is in a landfill, it will never stop releasing toxins in that area.
Even recycling doesn’t cut down on plastic, as it essentially uses the existing plastic, albeit in a new form. The process of recycling plastic can also lead to plastic irritants being released in a number of ways.
1. With cited information the concern citizen of Bhutan will be able to understand how difficult to segregate the waste when mixed.
2. To create a better place for everyday life for the people.
3. Reduce and replace plastic bags.
Note: Around 150 Youths participated to advocate plastic ban from for one month.