The butterfly effect and starfish story


The butterfly effect

Just a toffee wrapper dropped by a kid on the foot path; what harm it can do? Well, imagine the same is done in a wash basin, or worse, the same is ingested accidentally. The butterfly effect prevails. Instead of thinking a butterfly's flutter here can trigger a tornado elsewhere, just imagine if many such wrappers thrown out in a day at the same place or different places on the same road? And them getting wiped or blown in to the drain and washed down in to a stream. If such a harmless thing can cause such a big damage, just what could be the impact of throwing away plastic in every form?

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Garbage dumped at venpalavattom in waterbody near culvert

A 100 % literate Kerala does not have to go a long way to realise the impact. Still we do it. Why? Because we think we won't be affected. No, it is a vicious cycle: Plastics clog our waters, harbouring mosquitos, the mosquito can enter our expensive car, parked alongside the water body while we are having a sumptuous dinner at a luxurious hotel. Just a bite, and  welcome home, dengue! Fingers crossed. Nature's mechanism helps tear the toffee wrappers to traces that is devoured by the fish, and we eat the fish; or the traces (microplastics) are carried by wind into our lungs. The story continues. After all, we take capsules, don't we? And for the pack of garbage we threw away? It lies there on road, stinking. We drive our car over it, or simply step on it during a stroll, and bring back home the germs. Butterfly still flutters it's wings ...

The starfish story


The starfish story (pic courtesy:

And what can an individual do here to stop this, when huge masses of people resort to throw wastes out of their place in to road and water? The story of a man (a girl/boy/woman in other versions)  throwing a starfish back to sea to save it comes handy . Any one can contribute. By stopping to get plastic stuff, reusing, recycling and not throwing them off irresponsibly. And the butterfly effect will make it impact us and others, this time positively.

This whole thing is about kerala, gods own country. We assume as if we can survive by filling water bodies with earth and building skyscrapers on them. Our water bodies are dying: Thettiyar, Parvathy Puthanaar, Karamana and Killi rivers, our ponds, marshes, all. We think we can get rid of wastes by depositing it elsewhere. But we never do. Nature will retaliate, as seen at Sankumukham and Valiyathura.

Let us start a simple mission, let us be the man (or woman or child) who saved one starfish, let the butterfly effect happen to save environment. Instead of telling our kids to throw away toffee wrapper, let us figure out a way to reuse them. Let us stop use of such wrappers from factory itself. Let us process waste at source. Instead of encroaching in to water, let us live on the bank's, and leave some space for waters to freely overflow. Let's say hi to environment, develop with it, conserving it. One day our future generation will thank us, instead of cursing us.


2 thoughts on “The butterfly effect and starfish story”

  • rpk@eprc

    July 22, 2018 at 8:47 PM

    Hi, thanks, sure you can.please comment here with a link to your page once done.good luck.


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