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Plastic Is Killing Humanity, With This Message, Deathbeds Made Out Of Single-use Plastic Have Been Installed In Rishikesh

In Rishikesh, an art installation of three deathbeds have been built using over 3,000 single-use plastic bottles, wrappers, and containers

Plastic Is Killing Humanity, With This Message, Deathbeds Made Out Of Single-use Plastic Have Been Installed In Rishikesh
Highlights
  • An art installation of single-use plastic death beds is up in Rishikesh
  • 26 kgs of single-use plastic have been used in creating three deathbeds
  • The installation gives out the message that plastic is the killer

New Delhi: At Freedom Ghat, situated right below the Laxman Jhula in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, visitors are welcomed by one-of-its-kind pyre. The three deathbeds positioned at Freedom Ghat are made out of single-use plastic waste giving out the message that ‘plastic is killing humanity’. Single-use plastic deathbeds, the brainchild of climate activist Aakash Ranison, have been built using over 3,000 single-use plastic bottles, wrappers, and containers that is equivalent to 26 kilos of plastic. The art installation, created by a team of climate warriors, aims to make plastic, an invisible killer, visible. While talking to NDTV, about the initiative, 25-year-old Aakash Ranison said,

We are not only using plastic but also consuming it. A human being generates an average of 26 kgs of plastic wate every year. Microplastics have entered our ecosystem, and food cycle and in some or the other way, it’s contributing to our death. A recent study revealed microplastics in the placentas of unborn babies. Through our art installation, we are trying to show people the result of generating plastic waste and consuming microplastics.

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The three deathbeds, each of size 8 feet x 3 feet x 3 feet are dedicated to a particular kind of single-use plastic. While the first one is fashioned out of plastic wrappers including empty packets of chips, chocolates, and biscuits, the second deathbed is made using single-use plastic bottles and the third pyre is created with plastic containers like discarded shampoo bottles.

Plastic Is Killing Humanity, With This Message, Deathbeds Made Out Of Single-use Plastic Have Been Installed In Rishikesh

Single-use plastic deathbeds are made out of 26 kg of discarded plastic bottles, containers and wrappers

The deathbeds are accompanied by a mirror, placed right in front of the central funeral bed. The mirror reflects the harsh reality that the plastic human beings use recklessly has the power to kill them and everyone around them, explained Aakash. Plastic waste has entered our food and environment. A recent study conducted by researchers from the Hull York Medical School and the University of Hull found microplastic content of 0-10.5 microplastics per gram (MPs/g) in molluscs, 0.1-8.6 MPs/g in crustaceans, 0-2.9 MPs/g in fish. According to another study commissioned by the environmental charity WWF (World Wide Fund) International and conducted by University of Newcastle, Australia in 2019, humans may be ingesting five grams of plastic a week.

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Talking to NDTV about the impact of consuming microplastics, Meena Sehgal, Senior Fellow at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), said,

Some of the plastic products contain phthalates, chemical compound, that has the potential to disrupt hormones and affect kidneys in the long run.

Dr Lata Ghanshamnani, Ophthalmologist and co-founder of NGO RNisarg Foundation, which looks in education and awareness and management of all kinds of waste, also suggested that plastics contain chemicals and ingesting microplastics can impact the immune system, reproductive organs and also lead to cancer.

Aakash believes that when someone stands in front of the pyre and looks into the mirror, they will be reminded of the plastic waste they have generated.

Plastic Is Killing Humanity, With This Message, Deathbeds Made Out Of Single-use Plastic Have Been Installed In Rishikesh

Deathbeds in Rishikesh mirrors the single-use plastic waste generated by humans

The installation is a war cry to wake people up to see how ignorantly they could be killing themselves and their progenies, said Aakash.

The art installation was created with support from the Municipal Corporation, and the locals over a period of six days.

Talking more about the installation and the feedback from the tourists, Aakash said,

We installed deathbeds around the holiday season so it has witnessed a huge footfall of around 36,000 people so far. People who stopped by the installation were shocked and left with a thought of their plastic consumption. After the exhibition is over, the plastic waste will be sent for recycling.

Also Read: Drowning In Plastic: Visualising The World’s Addiction To Plastic Bottles

The project promotes sustainable living and includes creating awareness, mobilising people to segregate their waste, and conducting clean-up drives in Rishikesh. In the last four months, Aakash and his team of volunteers have conducted six clean-up drives and collected 230 kgs of plastic, glass and other kinds of waste.

Aakash who has been vocal about climate change and has been advocating United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 13 Climate Action called to live in harmony with nature. While signing off, he said,

It’s just one bottle, said 7.8 billion people and look at how much plastic waste we have today.

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NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene

World

24,20,23,922Cases
20,36,06,535Active
3,34,95,808Recovered
49,21,579Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,20,23,922 and 49,21,579 have died; 20,36,06,535 are active cases and 3,34,95,808 have recovered as on October 21, 2021 at 4:33 am.

India

3,41,27,450 18,454Cases
1,78,831 733Active
3,34,95,808 17,561Recovered
4,52,811 160Deaths
In India, there are 3,41,27,450 confirmed cases including 4,52,811 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,78,831 and 3,34,95,808 have recovered as on October 21, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,96,645 1,825

29,333 1,075

64,27,426 2,879

1,39,886 21

Kerala

48,79,790 11,150

83,333 2,476

47,69,373 8,592

27,084 82

Karnataka

29,84,484 462

9,103 26

29,37,405 479

37,976 9

Tamil Nadu

26,90,633 1,170

14,058 268

26,40,627 1,418

35,948 20

Andhra Pradesh

20,61,810 523

5,566 88

20,41,924 608

14,320 3

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,058 11

112 6

16,87,048 17

22,898

West Bengal

15,82,813 867

7,491 63

15,56,315 795

19,007 9

Delhi

14,39,466 25

310 12

14,14,066 37

25,090

Odisha

10,36,532 559

4,387 106

10,23,849 451

8,296 2

Chhattisgarh

10,05,735 34

185 3

9,91,979 36

13,571 1

Rajasthan

9,54,393 1

38 0

9,45,401 1

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,340 14

176 9

8,16,077 22

10,087 1

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,709 9

82 3

7,82,104 6

10,523

Haryana

7,71,116 15

133 7

7,60,934 8

10,049

Bihar

7,26,036 3

30 12

7,16,345 15

9,661

Telangana

6,69,556 191

3,968 28

6,61,646 162

3,942 1

Assam

6,07,427 308

3,610 25

5,97,859 282

5,958 1

Punjab

6,02,113 32

232 16

5,85,331 15

16,550 1

Jharkhand

3,48,486 25

142 14

3,43,209 11

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,773 8

176 1

3,36,199 6

7,398 1

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,299 78

800 3

3,26,070 80

4,429 1

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,936 110

1,394 46

2,16,815 64

3,727

Goa

1,77,706 47

597 23

1,73,755 70

3,354

Puducherry

1,27,521 42

461 29

1,25,208 71

1,852

Manipur

1,22,970 71

1,360 2

1,19,706 66

1,904 3

Mizoram

1,15,207 741

10,263 505

1,04,548 1,243

396 3

Tripura

84,351 2

95 7

83,440 9

816

Meghalaya

83,158 79

761 21

80,958 58

1,439

Chandigarh

65,312 2

24 1

64,468 3

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,043 12

138 7

54,625 19

280

Sikkim

31,800 17

175 6

31,232 22

393 1

Nagaland

31,659 18

255 8

30,728 10

676

Ladakh

20,886 3

34 0

20,644 3

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,676

2 2

10,670 2

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,646

7 1

7,510 1

129

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