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[Ambassador report] Thematic Report - Environmental movies - What is its green message?

by Sainath Manikandan | 18-10-2020 18:04 Comments 7 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations



We live on a blue planet, with oceans and seas covering more than 70 per cent of the Earth’s surface. Oceans feed us, regulate our climate, and generate most of the oxygen we breathe. Oceans are facing threats because of human activity. Every year, an estimated 8 million tons of plastic waste end up in the world’s oceans.

The usage of plastics is over 50 years as of now. Every year millions of tons of plastics are produced. And the sad part is that the number keeps on drastically increasing each year. Due to these improper disposal of single-use plastics, our marine environment is facing a huge threat and also our environment.

Plates, bottles, bags, cutleries and many other products are produced from plastics. All these items finally ends up in landfills. Some or many of these also ends up in our seas and oceans. The marine species mistake these items as their food and intake them. It affects their health. When humans intake the marine species, we are ingesting plastics.

The first documentary that I am going to talk about is “Straws”. Researchers found out that plastic straws are amongst the top 10 beach litter items all over the world.

Every day we are using billions of non-recyclable plastic straws. They are one of the single-use items that majorly contribute and ends up in our landfills. Many of them also ends in our seas annually, and it takes years, decades and centuries for them to break down to micro beads and micro plastics.

This is having a major impact on seas, oceans, marine species and our health also. We now need to be looking out for alternatives to these single-use plastics and try to start using steel, metal, glass or paper.

The next documentary that I am going to share with you is “A Plastic Ocean”. The screening of this film was done in a meeting of Drop It Youth ambassadors. The director of this film is an Australian journalist Craig Leeson. They showcased how the plastics have caused serious damages to our environment and also to our marine environment.

The director had wanted to film the blue whale but it showed us the thick layer of plastics floating in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Then the director went along with the free diver Tanya Streeter around the globe to report and film the havoc of usage of plastics to our environment and marine ecosystem.

The film shows both the amazing life of the marine species and in contrast shows the polluted cities, rivers, seas that are full of plastic wastes. On watching this we can visualize how these plastics are impacting and causing severe threats to our environment.

Moreover they have taken interviews and showed that in the film so that the viewers will get an idea about the problems of using plastics. We get to see the numerous marine species that are affected by these plastics. Most of the marine species mistake the floating plastics for their food. They intake these plastics and it obstructs their digestive system and after which they starve and die.

Sometimes these plastics break down into smaller particles called microplastics. These when taken release toxins. This can cause serious health issues such as cancer, childhood developmental issues and many more.

This film was an eye-opener to many of them and a few have started to consider using alternatives instead of single use plastics. Now it is upto the global citizens to think over this issue and stop using them.

We need to ensure that we don’t harm any marine species further so that they can live and swim around the oceans.

Together we can create a wave of change. 

 Image courtesy: Google/Wikipedia

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7 Comments

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Greetings Sainath
    I hope you are doing well
    Very informative
    Thank you so much for this report
    Keep writing
    Green cheers
    Regards
    Asmita Gaire
    Posted 28-10-2020 11:45

SJ Mentor

  • SJ Mentor says :
    Hello Sainath!
    It's your SJ mentor.

    Thank you for introducing such eye-catching movie regarding the problems of using plastics.
    Plastics are widely used due to their convenience.
    It's easy to shape, mold, customize, carry things as we want to.
    But plastics are made with petrochemicals materials it is not biodegradable.
    It's hard to disassemble plastics without incineration.
    Microplastics causes a lot of problems too.
    By watching this movie, we could catch the scene when plastics threatening to environment.
    I hope this movie spreading, recognize citizens to grasp the magnitude of the problem.

    Best regards,
    SJ mentor.
    Posted 26-10-2020 08:18

Mun WooJooMentor

  • Mun WooJooMentor says :
    Hello Sainath,
    this is your mentor WooJoo.

    Warm greetings from South Korea.
    Thank you for introducing us about this movie called "A Plastic Ocean'.
    I agree that plastic straws play a big role in harming the environment,
    especially the marine area.
    Microplastic can be dissolved in water, then intake by fish will occur,
    and it will come back to human body.
    It would indirectly harm our body, and cause health problems.
    But fortunately, this issue is being addressed quite frequently,
    and in South Korea, many of the coffee shops are replacing plastic straws into PLA ones which are biodegradable.

    Thank you for your contribution to Tunza community.

    Regards,
    Woojoo
    Posted 21-10-2020 03:13

Puja Khadka

  • Puja Khadka says :
    Hello Sainath,
    I hope you are all good.
    Firstly thank you for sharing such an informative report.
    It is very interesting to read.
    Keep sharing more and more.
    With Regards,
    Puja khadka
    Posted 19-10-2020 20:37

Sharmila Pandey

  • Sharmila Pandey says :
    Thank you so much for this report.Its really worth reading .
    Posted 19-10-2020 19:19

Dolma Diki Sherpa

  • Dolma Diki Sherpa says :
    Hello
    Greetings from Nepal

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful report. Plastic pollution is burning environmental issue nowadays. We should concern to use alternative ways to reduce plastic poll as much as possible.

    Regards
    Dolma
    Posted 19-10-2020 11:22

Shobha Pokhrel

  • Shobha Pokhrel says :
    Hello Sainath ,
    Greetings from Nepal

    Thank you so much for this report .
    Really worth in reading this
    Keep Sharing

    Warm regards ,

    Shobha
    Posted 18-10-2020 22:34

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