Plastic Pollution: Our Present Condition and Future Risks
By Imran Ali April 23, 2023 Update on : April 23, 2023
Global plastic production has almost doubled in the last 23 years. The alarming use of plastic has become a matter of grave concern at present. The recent ban on single-use plastic in many countries is good news. According to international media, considering the negative effects of plastic pollution, the G7 member countries (USA, Japan, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, and Canada) agreed to ensure zero plastic pollution by 2040. They emphasized avoiding single-use plastics and non-recyclables. Do you have any idea how much plastic the world produces? You will be shocked to hear the amount. Around 460 million tonnes of plastic were produced globally in 2019. However, the amount was 234 million tonnes in 2000. Plastic pollution is a worldwide problem and you need to be aware of that instantly from anywhere in the world. You should not forget that great things happen with small initiatives.
The United Nations (UN) Environment Assembly reported that plastic is the main reason for around 85 percent of the marine waste in the world. Plenty of production and disposal of plastic will cause greenhouse gases and hazardous waste in larger amounts. Plastic is hardly mixed or disposed of with the soil, air, or water. The use of plastic bags is a common jeopardy which alone contributes to plastic pollution a lot. Land, lakes, rivers, and oceans around us are mostly affected due to plastic pollution.
We can’t think of a day without plastic use as it has become a part and parcel of our daily life. To be honest, we can’t ignore plastic use completely. But, we can limit the use of plastic as it hampers the environmental or ecological balance severely. There is hardly any beach in the world that is free from plastic bottles or bags. Marine life is in danger due to the excessive presence of plastic. Many fishes and other species are on the verge of extinction due to the harmful effects of plastic. Recycling can be one of the main solutions to halt reckless plastic production.
A recent study showed that humans eat more than 40 pounds of plastic in their lifetime. The study also says that around one million marine animals are killed every year due to plastic pollution. This is utterly horrible. Lack of public awareness is one of the main reasons for the growing plastic pollution. Single-use plastic bags are cheap and easy to get. So, people are kind of addicted to the use of such plastic bags. There are many harmful effects of using plastic in such a way without any deep consideration. This is high time people should think about the problems and future risks of it.
There is a huge risk of reckless plastic use. It will be out of control and unmanageable in the coming days if necessary steps are not taken forthwith. The pollution level may reach an alarming point in the future as the present scenario has already become a matter of concern for us. Several health experts feared a hormonal change in our bodies due to ongoing pollution.
The water and air are being polluted every moment. The world will not be livable anymore if plastic pollution, carbon emission, greenhouse effects, and other issues are not addressed in near future. Animals and birds consume a hefty amount of plastic. Their stomach gets full slowly and they cannot eat the foods they need to survive. The animals and birds are at great risk due to this jeopardy.
The ecological balance will be hampered if plastic and other pollutions continue. The fisheries, shipping, and tourism sectors will be damaged which will also cause financial loss. Recycling and reusing can be a great solution to this inconvenience. Jute bags and clothes can replace plastic bags. Sea birds, turtles, seals, fishes, and other species are seriously affected due to plastic pollution. Raising public awareness, recycling, reusing, etc. can only give us hope for a better future. Otherwise, we will hand over a polluted and unlivable world to our future generation.Read more: Plastic Pollution: Our Present Condition and Future Risks