A withered tendril lily was struggling to grow at a filthy land as it was surrounded by heaps of garbage. Domestic animals having a feast at the food thrown in packed plastic covers. Plastic might get clogged in their intestines. Imagine plastic is not good outside then how bad will it be for the body? Garbage dumped in every nook and corner of the city in the name of keeping the interiors clean. My earth will be more polluted tomorrow than today. The sorry state of the environment is crystal clear.
When I consider buying an apple today I cannot be assured of what chemicals will be going in my body which has been sprinkled on it for its freshness to last long. Pesticides in the name of medicines are sprinkled on plants in order to avoid or kill pests and for better yields. From sowing seed to bearing the fruits and reaching the end user as fresh as it was ripened yesterday, list of the chemicals sprinkled on it is endless. But I am still not assured that it does not cause any side effects to my health.
Toxic substances are classified as naturally existing and manmade. Many products which we use at home like paints and pesticides can have manmade toxic substances in it, which are harmful to health. It can cause serious health issues like skin irritation and can affect any organ in the body.
Large amount of waste products (chemicals) are found near industries which in turn gets merged with water and pollute land and water resources. Ground water is polluted by the toxic chemicals from landfills, causing withered growth of plants to serious health issues like damaging of the liver and birth deformity in living beings. The waste products from industries/hospitals are dumped near rivers banks affecting the aquatic life, which in turn creates devastation for the ecology.
Burning of plastic releases toxic chemicals in air which is harmful for living beings and exhaust from automobiles makes the air polluted. Because of heavily polluted air, acid rain occurs. The droplets are acidic in nature and it affects fertile land, plants and aquatic life. Acid rain can destroy the infrastructure like bridges and ancient monuments. Developed countries wrap the ancient statues with water proof material during acid rains, in order to preserve the art.
Nuclear power plants are not viable to the environment. Nuclear disaster’s like Chernobyl and Fukushima Daiichi can spell dooms days for the environment. Keeping the ecology in mind such projects should be discussed worldwide before giving a clearance. Bhopal gas tragedy is just one of the cases worldwide where the after effects are seen even today like disfigured or still born babies. The plight of the deteriorating health of a dear one is unimaginable; just imagine how devastating the deteriorating health of mother earth would be.
Cycling to work is good for health and above all keeps the ecology smiling.
Say no to plastic and plant more trees.
There should be a detailed plan in industries and hospitals to reduce, reuse and recycle the waste products.
Proper Disposal of batteries and electronic circuit boards is of utmost importance as it has high amount of chemicals in it.
Soft grass with dew touching your feet as you stroll in your garden, with clean air being the delight for the lungs is every human beings dream, isn’t it yours ?
So strive for a toxic free environment.
Rajeshwari Barikar. has finished her degree in computer science and is working as a software engineer in Bangalore. She is a nature lover and pursues photography as a hobby.E-mail: barikar.rajeshwari(at)gmail(dot)com.
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