Will Malaysia Achieve 0% Plastics Campaign in The Future?
The United Nations (UN) data shows 8 million tons of plastics such as bottles, packages and other waste escaped into the ocean each year to kill marine life and subsequently enter the human food chain. A plastic bag takes about 500 years to decompose and decompose while toxic in polystyrene can interfere with the reproductive functions of humans and animals.
Plastics are being used at such a large scale that most of us do not know that because of the greed of manufacturers and the ignorance of consumers. However, it doesn’t stop there.
Almost half of the plastics produced such as straws that are hardly used for a minute are meant to be thrown away after just a single use. The problem is actually the advantages plastic has durability by about 1000 years period. Thus, practically every piece of plastic that was ever created still exists in some shape or form.
A great portion of plastics is tossed into the ocean. The fish are sometime unavoidable by digesting the smaller plastic particles and due to biomagnification, a process by which harmful substances are concentrated in an organism as larger animals continue to eat smaller animals and become a part of the food chain. This process moves toxins up the food chain to larger organisms and is of particular concern with regards to concentrating dangerous toxins in larger species, which badly affects the organism.
Time to action as it seems absolutely necessary if we intend to stay alive for a long time. Even though we are usually using the plastics almost every day but by hook or by crook it must be started somewhere.
1. Considering these facts, where our responsibility to share this message to as many people as possible since awareness is the first step to reaching a goal. Accordingly, we have to set out in organising a ‘no plastics’ campaign in public places, such as hypermarkets, to advance our cause of protecting the earth and to inspire change.
2. Like each time where we have to speak to various people and explained to them the effects of plastic in our environment. People may be requested to sign a pledge to reduce the amount of plastic especially single-use plastics they used in their day-to-day life so that they can start their journey in adopting a sustainable lifestyle.
We hope that this campaign encourages as well to think about the difference we can all make to help tackle this global issue. However, we believe that our campaign is only a small step, and we still have a long way to go. Hopefully one day Malaysian seem to be a majority of people live an eco-friendly lifestyle and exist in harmony with Nature by inspiring people to work towards protecting, preserving and conserving the environment.
Let’s stand against plastic pollution, together!!!