Bangladesh is responsible for 20,000 metric tons of plastic waste
For far too long, the unchecked use of plastic -- in particular single-use plastic -- has been wreaking havoc on our planet; according to an estimate by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) earlier in July, every minute, 33,800 plastic bottles and bags enter the seas around the globe, amounting to 8 million tons of plastic per year.
However, what is disheartening to learn is that even a country such as ours -- among the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change and to which the use of plastic plays a major role -- is not without its share of blame.
Bangladesh alone is responsible for 20,000 metric tons of plastic waste being littered into the Bay of Bengal per year, according to a recent study conducted by the Bangladesh Fish Research Institute and Bangladesh Agricultural University.
This cannot continue; we must do everything we can to stop this over-reliance on plastic or face extremely dire consequences.
To that end, it is good to see one man take the initiative to raise awareness on this most pressing issue; Babar Ali has pledged to travel to all 64 districts of the country on foot, with the intention of visiting schools and local markets to educate the people about the ill effects of single-use plastic.
While this is an inspirational story and he deserves nothing but plaudits for such an ambitious undertaking, one man’s plight cannot fix this problem.
Indeed, it is up to the authorities to understand just how dangerous plastic is for us, and to find actionable solutions to combat this excessive use.
The future of our country depends on it.