Prahlad Rao | August 21, 2015
A plastic bag is impeding human evolution or say, making us irresponsible. How can a filthy but convenient product like a plastic bag affect human intelligence?
Every city in India is fighting the plastic bag menace. Shopkeepers in Delhi are harassed by customers and activists in Bengaluru are making consumers resist the need for a bag. But, in vain.
The feeling of convenience that a plastic bag generates is the single most factor affecting human evolution. The plastic bag has made a human being extremely impulsive. Because we can stuff anything in a plastic bag, which is available at stores is making us buy without a thought for our needs. We buy because we can carry them in a plastic bag. We do not seem to be evaluating our buying habits or retail therapy satisfaction. It is all because of plastic bag.
We do not plan our buying which stems from needs. If we plan our shopping list at least we would think of carrying jute or a cloth bag to the market. We ask for plastic bag even to carry pain killer tablets. We have stopped thinking because we no longer plan or think what we need. We need pain killers while we are slowly killing the Earth.
Consider the plastic menace: India’s plastic consumption is one of the highest in the world. Plastics are very resistant to degradation and they will take 300 years to photo degrade. Plastic bags are made from natural gas or oil and consume thousands of barrels of oil a day.
In the fields the plastic bags when deposited in high quantities cause soil infertility. The accumulation of plastic prevents the sunlight from entering the soil thus destroying the beneficial bacteria, so necessary for soil fertility.
The burning of plastic in temperatures less than 800 degrees Celsius in an open space creates noxious fumes such as hydrogen cyanide and other poisonous gases which cause air pollution resulting in skin, and respiratory problems and also certain kinds of cancer.
Plastic wastes when dumped in or thrown into rivers, ponds or sea have disastrous effects on the species living underwater, and a lot of marine life is lost due to this. Plastic waste blocks drains and gutters, stopping the flow of rain water and sewerage, causing an overflow which becomes the breeding ground for germs and bacteria causing many diseases.
Workers and people living near a plastic or resin factory are prone to certain kinds of cancer and birth defects.
Domestic animals like cows and goats are often found dead after swallowing bits of plastic that gets mingled with the grass they eat. This is not an exhaustive list but is corrosive enough to sit up and take note.
Plastic bag is not just about environment but about human evolution. Thinking, planning and responding defines human condition and contributes to evolution. We cannot let a plastic bag to make us indiscipline and abandon thinking to Google search.
Even as a vision and a strategy agenda is in "advanced stages" of finalisation at NITI Aayog, the government think tank has released a draft three year action agenda for public consultation. The draft action agenda, divided in seven parts and 24 chapters, proposes to reduce
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Tuesday said it was “disturbed” over the killing of 25 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel by Naxalites in Chhattisgarh on April 24. The troopers were attacked while on duty for securing road construction work in the Bur
Twitter Sewa unveiled by the ministry of telecommunications last year to resolve users’ complaints through micro blogging site Twitter has yielded fruitful results by resolving 99 percent of the complaints. According to BSNL data, as on April 15, 2017, it has receiv
What is your perception about Arvind Kejriwal’s brand of politics? In Delhi, after the BJP and the Congress, people wanted to give the Aam Aadmi Party a chance. However, after the Delhi assembly polls, his (Kejriwal`s) political fortune has been on the declin
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited’s biggest export order, valued at Rs 10,000 crore for setting up 1,320 MW Maitree thermal power project in Bangladesh has taken-off following the issuance of the ‘notice to proceed’ by the developer. BHEL said that it won a
Mozilla is working on two separate goals in net neutrality. One is to bring everyone online; ensure that everyone has access to the internet. The other is to ensure that the network should remain open and diverse. We want people to have access to the whole diversity of the internet and not just in