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Plastic smiles
We have the world’s worst!
14/06/2007

Environmental policy is often drawn in isolation, owing to the derisory participation of the victims. This is getting worse today, as millions of poor and victimised people are actually the major sufferers of environmental risks. The business of plastic callously passes the waste and residue after production, to the poorest in the land. Moreover, thousands of little hands are involved in collecting this hazardous waste and dumping it to proper allocated places. When we descend the economic ladder, the situation gets worse, as increase in the number of landfills and waste dumps cause a more than significant increase in diseases. For example, these activities give rise to intestinal parasite infection (92% incidence in Kolkata alone), abnormal pulmonary infection (among 23% dump-site workers) and also blood-borne infections. Even the not so distant decision of courts to relocate factories outside the realms of cities ultimately ended up degrading the countryside and arable land of rural folk, generally belonging to the lower economic cadre. Are environmental policies expected to border on nepotism by favouring the betterment of urban and upper income societies at the cost of the health of rural and lower income societies? Guess who in your house can afford bottled water. You, or your maid?

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