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Letter to BS: It may take another 50 years to stop plastic's usage

Man, though gifted with brilli­ance, is cursed with the lack of farsightedness

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Multilayered plastic waste is weighed and collected from waste collectors in Pune. Photo: ITC

This refers to the column “Politics of recycling plastics” (July 27). The first man-made plastic was created in 1862. It has taken over 150 years to wake up to its potential for damage and will take may be another 50 to stop its usa­ge. We explore and create new things, but are not prescient enough to its outcomes and far less earnest to rectify the damages in time. But man's genius would continue to drive his curiosity and innovation. We already are into human genetic intervention and modification. In a lesser time than it took us to realise the harm caused by plastics we may meet the bigger consequences of this with little idea as to where it would take us. We will then leave it to future generations to suffer the consequences and seek remedies that are rendered harder to devise and implemented with deliberate delay.

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First Published: Mon, July 27 2020. 23:46 IST
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