Our grandparents preserved natural wealth. If you want to give the same good old wealth to your next generation please read this.
Remember the good old days? Say 20 to 30 years back……our parents or elders bought groceries in cloth bags (manja pai).
Today, even if you order food to take away from small to big restaurants, they use at least 10 polythene bags for sambar, chutney, rasam, buttermilk and vegetables and so on (In small hotels in Tamil Nadu, even tea or coffee is given in plastic bags !!!). Imagine how many millions of such bags are used in India daily.
Hills or heaps of plastic garbage can be seen in any city, town or village of India — on the roads, residential areas and even in agricultural lands. What a pathetic situation? Environment gets polluted when these garbage are burnt. Recent report says that even TAJ MAHAL’s colour is changing due to this.
Plastic bags are a convenient to carry. We use polythene bags for about 15 minutes but it takes 500 years to degrade. Indian roads, streets and drainages are filled with these bags.
Our rivers, river beds are gone! Our oceans have became dirty.
Plastic bags pollute our land and water. Because they are so lightweight, plastic bags can travel long distances by wind and water. They litter our landscapes, get caught in fences and trees, float around in waterways, drainages, and can eventually make their way into the world’s oceans.
Plastic bags are made from non-renewable resources and contribute to climate change. The majority are non-renewable fossil fuel-based resources and through their extraction and production, they create greenhouse gases, which contribute to global warming.
Plastic bags never break down. Petroleum-based plastic bags do not truly degrade. Today, there are an estimated 46,000-1,000,000 plastic fragments floating within every square mile of our world’s oceans.
Plastic bags are harmful to wildlife and marine life. It occurred once a big whale was found dead in Spain. When it was cut, 50 kg plastic was in its intestine.
Plastic bags are not easy to recycle
Taking forward the Swatchh Bharat Mission, Narendra Modi’s government has banned polythene at all national monuments and tourist destinations from Gandhi Jayanthi this year The government has, in March, banned the manufacture of plastic bags of below 50 microns as these are difficult to dispose of, thus posing a major threat to the environment.
I salute the Corporation Commissioner of Madurai, Sandeep Nanduri, who has banned polythene around the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple. He is going to ban polythene in the city from January 1, 2017. GOOD NEWS.