According to a report, with plastic items weighing 1.8 trillion, the Pacific Ocean has become the hot spot for toxicity off late. Consequently, it has formed a patch of ocean debris covering an area equivalent to almost three times the actual land area of France.
In view of the growing consumption of plastic in the last few years, which is expected to stay that way in future, experts are baffled at how the patch might damage marine ecosystems. A majority of them believe that it presents an apocalyptic picture of what lies ahead in a few years down the line.
This incident resembles another one which had taken place in Mumbai about a couple of years ago. It took a herculean effort by Afroz Shah, a lawyer based in Mumbai, in collaboration with more than twelve thousand volunteers to clear the mess. Later on, his sincere effort was acclaimed by many people, including the Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi.
It took 109 weeks of active engagement, coupled with thousands of helping hands, to remove 7 million kilograms of plastic. It seems a similar super-human effort is necessary for a clean-up of the toxic patch which has gathered in the Pacific Ocean.
With the thought in mind, here comes a pertinent question: who would come forward to lend a helping hand for the things to work out? Who other than human beings? As one of the most dominant species on earth, it is the duty of human beings to protect the nature. Despite being one of the most evolved species in terms of intelligence, the fact remains that human beings have been exploiting the nature and its resources for thousands of years without any intention of giving it back.
Studies indicate that various species of living beings are interlinked and interdependent with one another. The same rule applies to marine life too. If we fail to protect the marine life and resources in our tendency to dump toxic wastes in the oceans, it could lead to a dreadful disaster which could be even hard to fathom. Marine water sources mingle with fresh water sources at certain points. So, don’t be surprised if you get toxic water when you turn on a tap and let the water run through.
Going by the recent events like the irregularity of weather cycles and natural calamities or disasters, it is apparent that we are living dangerously. And we are running out of time too. If the current rate of exploitation to nature remains unabated, we could be staring at an apocalyptic event similar to what the other species of animals such as dinosaurs had seen millions of years ago. Even the imagination of it chills us to the marrow, isn’t it?
There seems to be only one solution to the problem – a determination to not dump the wastes here and there. Wondering how the determination to not litter everywhere can make a difference? Here’s what you need to know. When you drop litter, it gets accumulated over a course of time. It may finally end up in a marine water body either due to the direct disposal of wastes or due to the flowing water in the monsoons. Other than individuals, industries and factories also dump wastes in the marine water resources which contribute to its toxicity.
Thus, two things are absolutely necessary: reducing the use of plastic as far as possible and raising awareness of the harmful effects of the toxicity of water. Whether freshwater or saline water, without a shade of doubt, it represents life. Preventing it from getting polluted is akin to saving one’s life. Do you agree?