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Say no to Plastic

February 18, 2021 |

God has blessed Kashmir with bountiful resources. Kashmir is home to some of the most pristine and beautiful rivers. Our land is adorned by beautiful lakes and forests, not to talk of wild life and aquatic habitats. But it is often that people take these resources for granted. It is said that the owners comes to know the value of belongings only when they lose them. Similar is the situation in our part of the world. Slowly and steadily, our rivers and lakes are shrinking and our forest cover is depleting at a never seen before rate. All this is happening right in front of our eyes. But we either close our eyes to feign ignorance or we turn into motionless spectators who claim helplessness in arresting this rampant environmental degradation. The case in point is the use of plastic which is emerging as a major contributor to global environmental pollution. The worse part is that the piling up of plastic waste in our environment is only going to increase in coming years unless we don’t act. Several studies have pointed out that the micro-plastics (which is plastic debris less than 5 mm in size) are finding their way into aquatic habitats and eventually humans. Not just water, the studies have found that even the agricultural soil has adverse content which handicaps the soil quality and the physiology of soil organisms. Scientists from Incheon National University, Korea are exploring these questions in a study and they have said that large amounts of micro plastics are generated which make their way into the agricultural environment. The study examined four soil types - soils from outside and inside a greenhouse, mulching and rice field soil. The study revealed that the former three samples represented the use of polyethylene film, while the rice field sample represented little to no use of plastic. The study found the highest micro plastic abundance in two types of greenhouse soil. However, instead of rice field soil, the study found the lowest micro plastic content in mulching. This shows that micro plastics in agricultural soil can come from external as well as internal sources, and their presence is strongly affected not just by environmental conditions but most importantly by human interventions. The use of plastic needs to be discouraged and, being an environmentally sensitive place, the J&K government must give a serious thought to work out a long term strategy for putting an end to the practice which is threatening the existence of our planet.

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Say no to Plastic

February 18, 2021 |

God has blessed Kashmir with bountiful resources. Kashmir is home to some of the most pristine and beautiful rivers. Our land is adorned by beautiful lakes and forests, not to talk of wild life and aquatic habitats. But it is often that people take these resources for granted. It is said that the owners comes to know the value of belongings only when they lose them. Similar is the situation in our part of the world. Slowly and steadily, our rivers and lakes are shrinking and our forest cover is depleting at a never seen before rate. All this is happening right in front of our eyes. But we either close our eyes to feign ignorance or we turn into motionless spectators who claim helplessness in arresting this rampant environmental degradation. The case in point is the use of plastic which is emerging as a major contributor to global environmental pollution. The worse part is that the piling up of plastic waste in our environment is only going to increase in coming years unless we don’t act. Several studies have pointed out that the micro-plastics (which is plastic debris less than 5 mm in size) are finding their way into aquatic habitats and eventually humans. Not just water, the studies have found that even the agricultural soil has adverse content which handicaps the soil quality and the physiology of soil organisms. Scientists from Incheon National University, Korea are exploring these questions in a study and they have said that large amounts of micro plastics are generated which make their way into the agricultural environment. The study examined four soil types - soils from outside and inside a greenhouse, mulching and rice field soil. The study revealed that the former three samples represented the use of polyethylene film, while the rice field sample represented little to no use of plastic. The study found the highest micro plastic abundance in two types of greenhouse soil. However, instead of rice field soil, the study found the lowest micro plastic content in mulching. This shows that micro plastics in agricultural soil can come from external as well as internal sources, and their presence is strongly affected not just by environmental conditions but most importantly by human interventions. The use of plastic needs to be discouraged and, being an environmentally sensitive place, the J&K government must give a serious thought to work out a long term strategy for putting an end to the practice which is threatening the existence of our planet.


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Owner, Printer, Publisher, Editor: Farooq Ahmad Wani
Legal Advisor: M.J. Hubi
Printed at: Abid Enterprizes, Zainkote Srinagar
Published from: Gulshanabad Chraresharief Budgam
RNI No.: JKENG/2010/33802
Office No’s: 0194-2451076, 9622924716 , 9419400056
Postal Regd No: SK/135/2010-2019
Administrative Office: Abi Guzer Srinagar

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