20 Mar 2019
1. Title: "Excessive use of plastic - A biggest threat to Environment and Humans" as a part of our activity under "CHEMISTRY NATURE CLUB".
2. A brief introduction to the speaker
Rotarian Mr.A C N Murthy is a seasoned management professional with over 28 years of experience in senior positions at reputed MNCs namely, Mico Bosch, Toyota group, Videocon, Tyco electronics etc. He was formerly managing director of Danish MNC called “Danish Steel Cluster” in Bengaluru. He is the charter president of Rotary Vidyaranyapura, (which is a part of Rotary International, an NGO Organisation operating in 200 countries worldwide) and he is also the founder president of Vidyaranyapura Trust, a charitable trust engaged in community service.
Currently he is an independent management consultant offering advisory services to corporates .He is also Director of Czech Business Incubator, an Organisation supported by Embassy of Czech republic to promote Czech business in India.
3. Report on title and its objective
As the world’s population continues to grow, so does the amount of garbage that people produce. On-the-go lifestyles require easily disposable products, such as soda cans or bottles of water, but the accumulation of these products has led to increasing amounts of plastic pollution around the world. As plastic is composed of major toxic pollutants, it has the potential to cause great harm to the environment in the form of air, water and land pollution. Plastic is versatile, lightweight, flexible, moisture resistant, strong, and relatively inexpensive. Those are the attractive qualities that lead us, around the world, to such a voracious appetite and over-consumption of plastic goods. However, durable and very slow to degrade, plastic materials that are used in the production of so many products all, ultimately, become waste with staying power. Our tremendous attraction to plastic, coupled with an undeniable behavioral propensity of increasingly over-consuming, discarding, littering and thus polluting, have become deadly combination.
One more critical factor is that, awareness on types of plastic; thermoplastic and thermosetting, their domestic and industrial applications is very important among public. This is because, plastic designs used for various applications are designated by certain number codes like, 1,2,3,4,5,6,7. Awareness on these codes, facilitates the plastic user to decide on the quality of plastic container and its reusability.
Plastic has become threat to humans as well as aquatic life. All sea creatures, from the largest to the microscopic organisms, are, at one point or another, swallowing the seawater instilled with toxic chemicals from plastic decomposition. The world population eating fish that have eaten other fish, which further have consumed toxin-saturated plastics, is an example for that humans are eating their own waste. In India as per medical science report, there is 37 % increase in breast cancer patients among women, which is mainly due to the use of plastic and even infertility is one causes of plastic usage.
Though recycling process may give some relief, but it is just a temporary solution. Hence the order of controlling plastic pollution is; REFUSE ËƒREDUCE ËƒREUSE ËƒRECYCLE.
Let us all prefer and join and REFUSE the use of plastic so that, if not today, at least the coming generations lead a life of past glory.
SAY NO TO PLASTIC FOR BETTER LIFE AND BETTER FUTURE GENERATIONS
We would like to thank our Honorable Chancellor Dr. P. Shyama Raju for providing all facility and support to organise such Events. We also thank Vice Chancellor Dr. S.Y. Kulkarni, Registrar Dr. M. Dhanamjaya, Dean, Placement, Training, and Planning Dr. N. Ramesh, our beloved Director, School of Applied Science Dr. Beena G for their constant support in organizing such events.
We also thank all the faculties and students of department of Chemistry for their support in smooth conduction of this event.
Nature Club Coordinators: Prof. Sreekanth R, Prof. Pushpalatha, Prof. Gouthami