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Call For Severe Penalties For Plastic Waste

There has been a call for severe pen­alties to be imposed on companies that dump their plastic waste in the ocean. The call has come from Tilak High School Year
21 Sep 2018 11:29
Call For Severe Penalties For Plastic Waste
Director of USP Lautoka Campus Pramila Devi (seated second from left) with Divya Lal (seated third from left) and teachers and winners at the USP Lautoka Campus on September 19, 2018. Photo: Yogesh Chandra

There has been a call for severe pen­alties to be imposed on companies that dump their plastic waste in the ocean.

The call has come from Tilak High School Year 13 student Divya Lal, the winner of the World Environment Day essay competition.

“Heavy fines should be charged on those who fail to follow the regulations,” said Ms Lal.

She said that pollution had become a real major problem for Fiji and therefore it was imperative that more awareness be created on the subject.

“Many people are still seen buying plastic bags due to very little choice,” she said.

However, Ms Lal advised that people use alternatives such as a cloth bag or paper carry bags, which could be recycled.

She warned on hazardous waste and chem­icals being released into the ocean.

“Hazardous waste and chemical leads to ozone depletion, thus companies need to manage this into something that can prove helpful rather than being a burden to the planet earth,” she said.

Ms Lal said that pollution through plastic was a plague in our societies that needed to be dealt with. She added that people should be very mindful because each activity would have an impact on the future.

“Plastic has been an eyesore for many years,” she said.

“By polluting nature, one causes jeopardy and self-destruction,” she said.

Ms Lal said that dumping of plastic in the sea causes extensive damage to the marine ecosystem as well.

“Dumping of plastic bags cause a rise in the acidity of ocean waters, which leads to the weakening of shells and skeletons of marine life, resulting in coral bleaching and a low productive rate, mass migration of marine species and – in some extreme cases – extinction.”

Ms Lal said she was happy to be awarded the major prize and urged everyone to be ac­tive in taking care of our environment.

Her title for the essay was “Pollution, Eve­ry Nation’s Obstacle”.

A total of 26 students participated in the competition from schools throughout the Lautoka region.

Edited by Epineri Vula

Feedback: yogesh.chandra@fijisun.com.fj



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