The Madhya Pradesh High Court has issued some important directives to the State to curb 'plastic pollution'.
Justices Sheel Nagu and Rajeev Kumar Shrivastava, while disposing of a Public Interest Litigation filed by one Gaurav Pandey, directed the Government to issue directions to Schools and Colleges to stop use of plastic immediately and also to the industries to take immediate steps to stop the production and use of single use plastic.
It also issued following directives:
The Court also observed that duty to ensure clean and unpolluted environment is as much of the State and its functionaries as it is of the citizen.In this context, the Court also made the following suggestions to the Citizens/Authorities/Print & Electronic Media:
The judgment also discusses Polythene is a poly (methylene). The bench further observed:
It is well said that if you want to survive for years together, you are required to protect the environment. Ecosystem is one of most important factor which protects the environment. Ecosystem is defined as "a system wherein community of living organisms is in conjunction with the nonliving components of their environment, interacting as a system". Such biotic and abiotic components are linked together through nutrient cycles and energy flows. Ecosystem is controlled by external and internal factors. External factors such as climate, parent material which form the soil and topography, control the overall structure of ecosystem but are not themselves influenced by the ecosystem. Internal factors are controlled by decomposition, root competition, shading, disturbance, succession etc. That means, an ecosystem is a geographic area where plants, animals, and other organisms, as well as weather and landscapes, work together to form a bubble of life. In the light of above, banning of polythene/plastic bags has to be considered as a most significant moment of life. If any material which is generally used is not biodegradable then the whole ecosystem will be affected and indirectly will affect all living organisms of the world.
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