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Puroshottam Das Gupta: An Auto rickshaw driver who is making the India Greener

Purushottam with other members celebrated the World Environmental Week from 5th June to 11th June by planting 50 trees

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  • An increase in the living standards of people has resulted in the Ozone hole
  • Purushottam named the mission as ‘Sadbhavana- Hara Bhara Bharat’
  • Purushottam with other members celebrated the Environmental week from 5th June to 11th June by planting 50 trees

With the increase in global warming,the only hope of mankind seems to be trees that can restore balance. The increase in population, lots of trees are cut on a daily basis. This deforestation can lead to several disasters. The need of the hour is to grow trees and adopt afforestation.

Trees provide us with many benefits like they reduce noise pollution, the bind the soil together so as to prevent soil erosions, they lower the temperature by causing rainfall, they reduce the possibility of flood and storm runoff. They are also known as carbon sinks as they accumulate carbon in themselves by growing.

Deforestation in India. Image Source: www.tree-nation.com
Deforestation in India. Image Source: www.tree-nation.com

An increase in the living standards of people has resulted in the Ozone hole. Extra use of refrigerators, ACs are responsible for producing Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) which are responsible in depleting Ozone layer. Depleting of Ozone layer will cause skin cancers, colour blindness and other problems which we will regret later.

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It is our responsibility to save trees to save ourselves. One such initiative is taken by Purushottam Das Gupta. Purushottam felt sad when the trees on the streets were cut down to plant new trees and the news ones are not given the proper care.

Puroshottam is an Auto Rickshaw driver in Thane, Mumbai. Purushottam with his family decided to plant new trees and take care of the existing trees. With this mission, he started carrying a 15 litre. Bottle to provide water to the trees. When his own efforts were not sufficient, he called the other Auto Rickshaw Drivers and urged them to join him in this mission. Purushottam named the mission as ‘Sadbhavana- Hara Bhara Bharat’.

Puroshottam Das Gupta planting tree along with group members. Image Source: TheBetterIndia
Puroshottam Das Gupta planting a tree along with group members. Image Source: TheBetterIndia

Today he has around 50 members in his group whose name he has written in the register. Puroshottam Das urged the members to celebrate their special days by planting trees. He celebrated his anniversary in March by planting two trees.

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Purushottam with other members celebrated the World Environmental Week from 5th June to 11th June by planting 50 trees. Now they have their Whatsapp group in which they post about the tree planting calendar.

Puroshottam is an example for all of us. Instead of cribbing about pollution, one has to take a stand on his own.

-prepared by Aparna Gupta, an intern with NewsGram. Twitter: @writetoaparna99

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  • Aparna Gupta

    He is an inspiration for all of us. We should also plant trees instead of cribbing about the pollution and rise in global warming.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    If an ordinary rickshaw driver can do so much for the environment, we educated people can surely do much more

  • Akanksha Sharma

    This is a great initiative. Everyone should learn from him and should understand the importance of tree so that our future generation can have a better life.

  • Aakash Mandyal

    Indeed Laudable……hats off to this man Puroshottam Das Gupta . We need more people like him who can serve to the Mother Nature. This is high time to serve Mother Nature.

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  • Aparna Gupta

    He is an inspiration for all of us. We should also plant trees instead of cribbing about the pollution and rise in global warming.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    If an ordinary rickshaw driver can do so much for the environment, we educated people can surely do much more

  • Akanksha Sharma

    This is a great initiative. Everyone should learn from him and should understand the importance of tree so that our future generation can have a better life.

  • Aakash Mandyal

    Indeed Laudable……hats off to this man Puroshottam Das Gupta . We need more people like him who can serve to the Mother Nature. This is high time to serve Mother Nature.

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Plastics Can Be Eaten By Enzymes And Reduce Pollution

The enzyme is able to digest polyethylene terephthalate

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Packs of flattened polyethylene terephthalate (or PET) bottles are carried into a depot before being pulverized as part of a recycling process at Tokyo PET Bottle Recycle Co. in Tokyo, Aug. 13, 2002. Researchers in Britain and the United States have engineered an enzyme that breaks down such plastics.
Packs of flattened polyethylene terephthalate (or PET) bottles are carried into a depot before being pulverized as part of a recycling process at Tokyo PET Bottle Recycle Co. in Tokyo, Aug. 13, 2002. Researchers in Britain and the United States have engineered an enzyme that breaks down such plastics. VOA

Scientists in Britain and the United States say they have engineered a plastic-eating enzyme that could help in the fight against pollution.

The enzyme is able to digest polyethylene terephthalate, or PET — a form of plastic patented in the 1940s and now used in millions of tons of plastic bottles. PET plastics can persist for hundreds of years in the environment and currently pollute large areas of land and sea worldwide.

Researchers from Britain’s University of Portsmouth and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory made the discovery while examining the structure of a natural enzyme thought to have evolved in a waste-recycling center in Japan.

Finding that this enzyme was helping a bacteria to break down, or digest, PET plastic, the researchers decided to “tweak” its structure by adding some amino acids, said John McGeehan, a professor at Portsmouth who co-led the work.

This led to a serendipitous change in the enzyme’s actions — allowing its plastic-eating abilities to work faster.

“We’ve made an improved version of the enzyme better than the natural one already,” McGeehan told Reuters in an interview.

“That’s really exciting because that means that there’s potential to optimize the enzyme even further.”

The team, whose finding was published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, is now working on improving the enzyme further to see if it could be capable of breaking down PET plastics on an industrial scale.

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“It’s well within the possibility that in the coming years we will see an industrially viable process to turn PET, and potentially other [plastics], back into their original building blocks so that they can be sustainably recycled,” McGeehan said.

‘Strong potential’

Independent scientists not directly involved with the research said it was exciting, but cautioned that the enzyme’s development as a potential solution for pollution was still at an early stage.

“Enzymes are non-toxic, biodegradable and can be produced in large amounts by microorganisms,” said Oliver Jones, a Melbourne University chemistry expert. “There is strong potential to use enzyme technology to help with society’s growing waste problem by breaking down some of the most commonly used plastics.”

Douglas Kell, a professor of bioanalytical science at Manchester University, said further rounds of work “should be expected to improve the enzyme yet further.”

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“All told, this advance brings the goal of sustainably recyclable polymers significantly closer,” he added. (VOA)