Harmful effects of plastic on cows and PM Narendra Modi’s message to save Cows

We everyone knows how hazardous plastic is for the environment.  Whenever we throws something like paper, food etc in the environment, there are some bacteria which grows on it, and covert this food, papers into something which mixes into the environment, some turning into useful for growing of trees, we call those items as biodegradable items. Biodegradable items are capable of being decomposed by bacteria or other living organisms and thereby avoiding pollution.

Whereas Plastic is a “Non-Biodegradable” item. Non-biodegradable waste is a type of waste that can not be broken down into its base compounds by micro-organisms, air, moisture or soil in a reasonable amount of time. Non-biodegradable waste is an environmental concern, as it threatens to overwhelm landfills and create disposal problems.

Img credit : http://vspca.org
Img credit : http://vspca.org

In past VSPCA (Visakha Society for Protection and Care of Animals), through their “Plastic Cow Project” has done extensive reasearch on the impacts of plastic on the street cows, and how they die a painful death due to having plastic in their stomach. VSPCA also tried to rescue those cows and do the operations on them to get the plastic removed. You can find mode details about the “Plastic Cow Project” as VSPCA website.

In 2013 , after petition from some Animal welfare organisation, Honerable Supreme court of India has said that “Plastic waste a ticking time bomb in India” and had directed the State Governments to issue appropriate directions prohibiting the use, sale and disposal of plastic bags in all municipalities and municipal corporations within their territory.

Preventing Cows from eating plastic is true Gau-Sewa: PM Narendra Modi
Preventing Cows from eating plastic is true Gau-Sewa: PM Narendra Modi

Last year ( 2015 ) Union Environment Minister Parkash Javadekar had said that every dead cow contains not less than 30 kgs of plastic. While talking in a town-hall meeting recently, Honorable Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi said that preventing cows from eating the plastic is the only way to save cows because more cows dies due to plastic than any other reason.

Now, as PM Modi has again highlighted the use of plastic and its harmful effects on environment and health and living of cows,Green Ecosystem vows to do all & everything we can do to suport PM’s statement and avoid use of plastic to save the environment & cows. We look forward for similar help from our readers and well wishers.

Reference :

http://southasia.oneworld.net – Plastic waste a ticking time bomb in India: Supreme Court

Click to access wc15412p-2014_11_18.pdf


ndtv.com – 30 Kg Plastic Can Be Found in Every Dead Cow in India, Says Union Environment Minister

Solving the E-waste Problem, StEP & electronic companies offering recycle services

Electronic waste, or e-waste, is a term for electronic products that have become unwanted, non-working or obsolete, and have essentially reached the end of their useful life. Because technology advances at such a high rate, many electronic devices become “trash” after a few short years of use. In fact, whole categories of old electronic items contribute to e-waste such as VCRs being replaced by DVD players, and DVD players being replaced by blu-ray players. E-waste is created from anything electronic: computers, TVs, monitors, cell phones, PDAs, VCRs, CD players, fax machines, printers, etc.

Solving the E-waste Problem

(StEP) is an international initiative, created to develop solutions to address issues associated with Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). Some of the most eminent players in the fields of Production, Reuse and Recycling of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE), government agencies and NGOs as well as UN Organisations count themselves among its members. StEP encourages the collaboration of all stakeholders connected with e-waste, emphasizing a holistic, scientific yet applicable approach to the problem. Read More at Wikipedia

Below is the list of well-known Companies offering services for recycling e-waste,


Dell

– You can help reduce e-waste and protect the environment with Dell technology recycling offered around the globe. Dellwere the first computer manufacturer to ban e-waste export to developing countries. Check http://www.dell.com/recycle for more information.


Samsung

–  Samsung Take back and Recycling program offers customers a take-back service. Check Samsung Recycle, India Website.


References : Wikipediabostonelectronicwaste.com/ step-initiative.org

12 year old, Pune Boy, designs Ship to remove plastic from Ocean and save Marine Life

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The plight and struggle of the aquatic life, trying to survive the waste dumped into the oceans moved 12-year-old Haaziq Kazi to come up with an innovative solution to this world hazard. He designed a prototype of a ship, named ERVIS which can suck out plastic from the ocean surface. Haaziq Kazi is a high-school student from Pune, India known for his project to clean ocean from wastes (primarily plastic).

Ervis Ship

Ervis ship design screengrab as taken from tedx youtube video

The ship is essentially a large boat powered by hydrogen and renewable natural gas with various compartments and saucers surrounding it”. The saucers, float on the surface gravitate to create a whirlpool to pull the waste towards its centre. These saucers will have a central outlet which will swallow the waste and is connected via a tube to various chambers in the ship. These chambers include an oil chamber which collects waste oil. There are four more chambers which are for large, medium, small & micro waste respectively

The OYE! Ambala campaign aims to achieve a record 30% waste segregation at source within 90 Days

The OYE! Ambala campaign aims to achieve a record 30% waste segregation at source within 90 Days, started from 18th July 2017, in the city of Ambala. The campaign has been registered with the Limca Book of Records and will be involved hands-on in making sure that the rest of India can look up to Ambala as an example.

Ambala: The OYE! Ambala Campaign, which is an abbreviation for “Open Your Eyes”, started from July 18 and will continue for the next 90 days. The Campaign will build capacity, inform, educate, and communicate the necessity of waste segregation at source to all stakeholders of Ambala. Including households, waste workers, supervisors, sanitary inspectors, government officials, businesses, health establishments, and shops to ensure maximum adoption, implementation and sustainability.

The project will be rolled out across all 20 wards of Ambala, where upon each ward and the SWM(Solid Waste Management) teams will be evaluated through the duration of the project, which will announced the best performers and will be crowned Ambale Di Shan in a public ceremony. Teams have already been recruited and they are already conducting baseline studies, building capacity and already collecting segregated waste from 3,000 households in the initial phase.

The intent of OYE! Ambala is to address all the six major sectors – (1) Government Facilities, (2) Religious Precincts & Markets, (3) Academic Institutions, (4) Healthcare Facilities, (5) Hospitality Sector, and (6) Households, Offices, Retail, Street Vendors & Informal Settlements.

Apart from capacity building workshops, a key element of this project will also be to upgrade the waste infrastructure. To ensure unparalleled success, AMC (Ambala Municipal Corporation) will procure and distribute five lakh blue and green bins to all households. It will also procure 40 e-rickshaws to carry segregated waste. The Municipal Corporation will also initiate smart monitoring of 2.5 lakh households and ensure that the segregated waste will be delivered to ward-level collection centres in each of the 20 wards of Ambala.

Further, in the near future, to ensure daily door-to-door collection from all the households, a unique QR code will be generated and scanned by waste workers on a daily basis. With the help of this technology, the AMC’s Solid Waste Management (SWM) team will be able to visualize waste generation and disposal on a real-time basis.