Hunza in Gilgit-Baltistan has taken an initiative that is inspirational for all Pakistanis – the city decided to go plastic free in January 2020!
According to a notice issued by Hunza’s district administration, the Gilgit-Baltistan Environmental Protection Agency (GBEPA) and Hunza district administration decided to enact a ban on the use of plastic bags in the district. With this decision, Hunza Valley became Pakistan’s first plastic bag free district. Around 10,000 biodegradable bags carrying anti-plastic slogans were also distributed among the locals.
Are you wondering why this news is worth celebrating over? Its because plastic is damaging the environment and putting many lives at risk. Agreed, it might be tough in the beginning to get used to carrying bags made of cloth, but if it saves the world, isn’t the extra effort worth it?
Here’s why plastic is so bad for the environment and why the planet needs you to go plastic free NOW!
How plastic harms the environment
Plastic doesn’t recycle: Plastic never goes away! Sure, it breaks down into smaller parts, but it still continues to exist underwater as well as in the Artic ice. Considering this fact, can you imagine how bad it is for the planet when we use and dispose off millions of plastic bags, cups and bottles on a daily basis?
Mountains of plastic trash have been found everywhere in the world’s oceans, streets, canals etc. It is prophesied that, by 2050, the mass of plastic in the world’s oceans will exceed the number of fish living underwater.
Plastic is bad for human health: Toxic chemicals that come out of plastic become absorbed in the blood and tissue of the human body. Exposure to these chemicals is linked to cancers, birth defects, impaired immunity, and other disorders.
Plastic kills animals: According to the statistics revealed by the UN, 164,332 tons of plastic is dumped into the Indus basin. This plastic is then ingested by the marine life, who then experience a painful death. The numbers of fish in the see we have lost over the years is truly tragic. There are an estimated 270,000 tons of plastic floating through the world’s seas which threatens 700 marine species.
Animals on land aren’t safe from plastic either. Wildlife continues to get tangled with plastic debris and die an unnatural death. Plastic is also said to play a massive role in the extinction of numerous species since eating plastic results in malnutrition, intestinal blockage, or slow poisoning from chemicals released from plastic.