November 21, 2009


Developed countries account for most of the pollution and yet don't want to act unless the 'other' countries follow suit. US of A produces almost one fourth of the World's Carbon dioxide but guess what, they want the developing nations to limit industrial production and "make environment safer". WTF? Global Warming ruffles them up totally. They don't give a hoot about Maldives or anyone for that matter.
A former US vice president once said "It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it." Wow, that's a revelation!

Plastics pollute air, water and earth and there is no way of disposing them safely. Let's face it, Plastic is indestructable. Granted they're mighty useful in varied applications but some are ridiculously unnecessary.

Take for instance Plastic bags. The shiny red covers at Central or the ones at the local mandi are all manufactured using the same process(which in itself is quite harmful).
Paper bags, Jute bags, cotton bags... they look neat, aesthetic and are reusable too. On my visit to Ooty I was amazed to learn plastic use was prohibited. When will the other bigger,much polluted Cities learn?

I made some paper bags myself and found they're not hard to make(video here) and quite useful for carrying stuff. It takes not more than a couple of minutes to make one. It's literally free-old newpaper, ruler and a stapler are all that is required. A small step towards environment protection is enough. There are thousands of tutorials on the internet for recycling stuff, saving power and cutting down on pollution.

All it takes is awareness and some effort.

In Picture: The paper bag in the middle is my new netbook sleeve! The one on the right is holding a couple of apples and the small white bag can be used for pens or stationary.

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