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Campaign launched to make Satkosia polythene-free

Source: The Pioneer, Date: , 2012

Polythene is not biodegradable and if dumped in the soil it harms a plant’s life as the toxic substances of polythene gets blocked among the soil particles. Polythene threatens the life in the water bodies. Polythene is harmful for wildlife and domestic animals.

This was stated by DFO of the Satkosia Gorge Sanctuary SS Mishra while addressing the “Awareness Campaign on Polythene-Free Zone” organised by the Nature Environment & Wildlife Society (NEWS) at the Chhotakei Nature Camp of the Satkosia Tiger Reserve in Angul district. He stressed the need of a polythene-free Satkosia.

Presiding over the meeting, NEWS secretary Prasanna Behera said the chemicals in polythene affect the survival of flora and fauna. It solidifies inside the abdominal cavity which ultimately becomes lethal to wildlife. He called for use of biodegradable and eco-friendly alternatives of polythene like paper, cotton and jute bags, utensils made of leaves and earthen pots in nature camps, eco-lodges and picnic spots.

Among others, the meeting was addressed by wildlife biologist of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) Dr Pratyush Mohapatra, Coordinator of Environmental Equity and Justice Partnership (EEJP) Piyush Mohapatra and Forest Range Officer of Purunakote Biraja Mohan Mohanty.