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THE ARCTIC STORY. IS THERE ANY PLACE ON THIS PLANET PLASTIC-FREE?

Our mission in this e-rebellion against plastic pollution or plastic bottle pollution and it’s irreversible, catastrophic damages to the planet had centred mainly on one thing—creating awareness against the ill-effects of these seemingly harmless elements. While we have taken our viewers into a deep ride through plastic’s hazard potential to us and our environment since its manufacturing day to the dumping day, we have also made sure to lift off another veil from our audience’s eyes. This awareness is basically a two step process. While the first step is ‘knowledge’—the precise reasons why plastic is harmful, the second step is ‘proof’—the real effects of our plastic addiction in this planet. Today, we bring one another real story in the second category.

Let’s Paint Arctic’s Reality What is it that fills your mind when you think about the Earth’s poles? Serene, secluded places of white infinity harboured by multiple species that have decorated our science books and the Discovery or National Geographic channels we so heartfully consume.  Right? Well, you are wrong in case of the Arctic islands—the patch of white surrounding the North Pole. The peace-loving animals there aren’t alone anymore. They are plagued by the same global disturbance, the element that has destroyed the beauty and serenity of the Arctic islands beyond comprehension—plastic!

The Dutch Expedition A recent expedition by a group of Dutch scientists from the Wageningen Economic Research (WER) in six beaches of the Svalbard archipelago revealed the disastrous impact of plastic in the Arctic beaches. From a bare minimum perspective, atleast 1 trillion pieces of plastic had been frozen in the Arctic ice. The precise reason for this is the notoriety of the Gulf Stream which brings a huge chunk of plastic waste from the Atlantic waters near North America and Europe to the Arctic islands. In a way, it has become a global dustbin for plastic waste from two massive continents. Shockingly, this makes the Arctic ice more plastic polluted and denser with plastic waste than even some parts of the famed Great Pacific Garbage Patch!



Shocking Findings! To dive into further details, the research carried out by the exhibition group recorded as high as 876 pieces of plastic per 100 meter area on the Arctic beaches. In the more remote Jan Mayen Island, as much as 575 pieces were recorded over the same area. Much of the waste was identified to have come from far places such as Europe and America, thereby verifying the fact that the Arctic has become a global plastic dumpyard due to the Gulf Stream’s activity. This has made these remote places more plastic polluted than even European beaches. Amazing isn’t it? What’s worse? Along with the littered plastic mass, the frozen trillions of plastic waste pieces in the ice have a deeper role to play too. Due to global warming, ice caps keep on melting that releases this plastic waste in the Arctic waters that are severely poisoning all Arctic life. Many animals have been found to be tangled up with plastic waste and many have incurred significant damages by mistaking the little devils for food.

What’s Holding Us Back? This has been an eye opener for the scientific community. Plastic was discovered and plastic-based commodities invented to create a much better and easy world for people. But, now, this is perceived as one of the greatest mistakes humanity as ever made. Plastic pollution or plastic bottle pollution has become omnipresent and is gradually leading the planet to a rather unexpected extinction. This story is a proof and a veil-lifter! If we don’t become aware and check ourselves now, when will we be? The moment has dawned for a global self-introspection, on a scale much larger than ever before. We have the knowledge in our hands and we have the proof, what is it that’s holding us back to save ourselves, save our planet? Act Now!!

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