Effects of Global Warming (Chapter 4, page 1 of 3)


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Chapter 4

You will see your mummy going to the supermarket often or sometimes you might even accompany her. Have you noticed the cashier counter? Have you seen those piles and piles of enormous number of bags? Yeah. We will also see that the cashier man will put one ketchup bottle in a single bag, a jam bottle in one, a tin of milk in one, a box of yoghurt in one etc. etc. every item will be in one bag alone. And of course your mom might have bought scores of other similar items too, with each of them in one bag. So when we finally return home, we will have numerous numbers of plastic bags. We will also see the all the trash will be put in one plastic bag. And do you know what will happen after these wastes in the plastic bags are carried by the garbage lorry? They are dumped in a vast barren land. You know that plastics cannot be bio-degraded. Bio-degradation means the process of decaying, which is done by bacteria.

If plastic is dumped at such a high rate in the soil, it not only pollutes the soil but also chokes the living organisms in it. It closes the pores of the soil and hence doe not allow air to pass through it freely. This causes soil pollution. You might have as well heard speeches in your school by students telling about the tons of plastics dumped into the soil per year and how it pollutes the soil etc. You read articles in the internet and in books on the prevention of this plastic dumping by telling us to reduce our plastic use and resolve to use paper bags. But what I am coming to tell is why we don't tell the shopkeepers to compensate the maximum articles in one bag and hence reduce the amount of plastic used. This is quite a better alternative according to me because we cannot reduce buying things or cut down our requirements (very ridiculous idea!). In India, if you would have seen, in textile shops they use jute bags instead of giving customers plastic ones. And even these bags can be used for various purposes. In villages, where plastic has not been introduced, (good thing really) the vegetables will be given in bags made of clothe, which the customers use again. In various other countries, various steps have been taken.

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