Health Desk-- 20 July, 2018: Speakers at a programme on Thursday said rivers and marine life are now in fresh jeopardy, as zillions of plastics, the hazardous water pollutants, are finding their way into freshwater rivers all over the country every day.
The water bodies and rivers around where the population is dense are being heavily polluted, which also contributes to weakening the ocean system, they said.
They were addressing a seminar on ‘Plastic pollution in Bangladesh and its impact on environment and health’ marking the World Environment Day at Haimonti Hall Department of Forest at Agargaon in the capital city. Environment and Social Development Organization (ESDO) and Department of Environment (DoE) jointly organised the event.
Speaking at the programme as the chief guest, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Secretary Abdullah Al Mohsin Chowdhury said, “Plastic once a time was a blessing, but now it has turned into harmful elements. Plastic has a huge market value. So it is not easy to stop using it; we have to reduce its use gradually,” he said.
Among others, Md. Mokhlesur Rahman, Additional IGP, Professor Dr. Abu Jafar Mahmood, Prof. Abul Hasam, Dr. S.M. Munjurul Hannan Khan, Additional Secretary of MoEFC, Dr. Shahriar Hossain, Secretary General of ESDO, Xavier Sun, Research Associate at Wild at Heart Legal Defense Association in Taiwan, and Siddika Sultana, Executive Director of ESDO, were also present.