A Whiskered Tern Entangled in Plastic, Mangalajodi, Odisha

by Pitam Chattopadhyaya
Pitam Chattopadhyaya

Chosen as 'Picture of the Week'

Despite plastics being non-biodegradable, most users consume plastic products as single-use items, after which they persist in landfills and garbage dumps for centuries. The chemical additives used in the manufacture of plastics have been found to have strong adverse impacts on people, wildlife and the environment.

Effects of plastic in, with its innate non-biodegradability, has become a cliche, yet things have not changed much. Here is an image of a whiskered tern dangerously entangled with a plastic carry bag. I photographed this in Mangalajodi, Chilika lake, Odisha on 24th January, 2014.

Plastic in our wilderness is a conservation threat in several ways. Last year Conservation India ran a campaign against plastics in response to a Public Notice issued by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on the matter of use of various types of plastic products, with a view to phasing out many of them.

As part of the campaign, We had compiled a slideshow on the dangers on plastic to wildlife. Click here to download the slideshow (1.6MB).



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