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[Ambassador report] [Thematic Report] Our Toxic World: A Guide to Hazardous Substances in Our Everyday Lives

by Ishitwa - | 19-01-2020 02:31 Comments 6 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations

Our Toxic World: A Guide to Hazardous Substances in Our Everyday Lives



Over the years, there have been several books and films that have covered environmentally concerning themes. It is essential that such sensitive themes are presented where a wide range of audience can grasp the theme. Cliche but true, comic genre of books are usually more enjoyable for people amongst all age groups and amasses interested readers. Such is a book I stumbled upon, ‘Our Toxic World: A Guide to Hazardous Substances in Our Everyday Lives.’ The graphic novel written by Aniruddha Sen Gupta and Priya Kuriyan talks about how much of a part have toxic substances have become of our daily urban lifestyles. It discusses an environmental issue of Urban India in every chapter, ranging from construction hazards, automobile pollution, environmental legislation, electronic waste, food toxins, recycling, etc. Even more interestingly, each chapter of the book ends with additional information that will help you better understand  the addressed environmental problems. 


The book narrates in the backdrop of Sachdeva family, an ordinary family. As the book progresses, it describes how  hazardous substances have become omnipresent in their lives. Set up in Delhi, the family goes through various events that cause them harm due to environmental toxicity. Additionally, the book narrates possible solutions and  small actions that can be incorporated in their lives or organic and less harmful alternatives to chemical based products. For instance, in its first chapter, the book discusses about how green building can be an alternative to conventional building in urban areas. It highlights erosion and sedimentation control techniques, use of low energy materials and preserving landscapes of urban areas. In another chapter, the book talks about heavy metals such as mercury, cadmium, chromium, etc. it shows how Anamika, the daughter of the Sachdevas, shows signs of lead poisoning due to regular exposure to lead through lead in the paint of her house, food she eats, etc. with explanations, the book highlights these environmental issues graphically. 


The book lists out grim reality of environmental hazards in a visually appealing manner. In the age where even the most environmentally conscious people can’t find to go through heavy text, ‘Our toxic World’ comes as a breath of fresh air. With illustrations of the book, complex become easier to understand and so does tackling the issues. 


Our Toxic World: A Guide to Hazardous Substances in Our Everyday Lives


Jasmine Karki

  • Jasmine Karki says :
    I do hope everything is going well..

    Thank you so much for sharing your report ..
    Hope to learn more from you on upcoming days.
    Keep writing and sharing!!

    Green cheers
    Jasmine karki
    Posted 15-03-2020 15:12

Lisa Mentor

  • Lisa Mentor says :
    Hey Ishita!
    This is your mentor Lisa.

    I think this is just a book that I was looking for when I first thought of this month's topic!!!
    It seems very interesting and I really like how the book has a new approach in dealing with the social problem of hazardous substances. Instead of dealing with it on the level of international society or the country, it showed how one typical family's life is affected by it. I thought it was very fresh!!! Since not many of us are aware of those hazardous materials for they are often not visible and are in very small amounts that we aren't immediately affected by them. Yet, they do change our lives in negative ways in the long run!

    I should definitely check out the book myself and thanks for recommending us such a great book:)
    Posted 20-01-2020 17:50

Hyeongmin Mentor

  • Hyeongmin Mentor says :
    Hello Ishita

    The book looks very interesting. I also really like comic books, since they are easy to understand with illustrations. I also like the topic of the book. The book seems to contain helpful information that is not well known. Thank you for the recommendation of such great book, and I will try the book one day!
    Posted 20-01-2020 13:25

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Ishwita

    I do hope that you are fine and doing great with your works.
    Thank you for your report about Our Toxic World: A Guide to Hazardous Substances in Our Everyday Lives

    Green Cheers from Nepal :)
    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.

    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 20-01-2020 04:53

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Hello ishwita
    I hope you are doing well

    Thank you for introducing it among us excited to ho through it.
    Thank you so much for this report.
    Green cheers

    Asmita Gaire
    Posted 19-01-2020 11:14

Aarati Khatri

  • Aarati Khatri says :
    Hey Ishita, it was very informative reading your review. Thank you for bringing out the serious issue that has not be taken too seriously now days. Infact toxicity has almost engulfed our way of living.
    Thank you for the information.
    Wish to see more of your writtings.
    Posted 19-01-2020 08:43

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