Nepal at­tempts record with a Dead Sea of plas­tic bags

Times of Oman - - WORLD -

KATHMANDU: Young Nepalis cre­ated a map of the Dead Sea with used plas­tic bags on Wed­nes­day in a bid to set a new in­ter­na­tional record and raise aware­ness about the vast vol­umes pol­lut­ing the world’s oceans.

Vol­un­teers tied 100,000 colour­ful used plas­tic bags on a metal grid 20 me­tres (65 feet) long and five me­tres (16 feet) tall, shaped like the Dead Sea, on open ground in Kathmandu’s city cen­tre.

The record at­tempt was or­gan­ised with a slo­gan “One Dead Sea is enough for us”.

“We de­cided to tie plas­tic bags and make a sculp­ture of the Dead Sea to spread aware­ness over the world to min­imise waste of plas­tic,” Sur­geon BC of Stem Foun­da­tion Nepal, the group that or­gan­ised the event, said.

Global plas­tic pro­duc­tion has grown rapidly, and is cur­rently more than 400 mil­lion tonnes per year. It is es­ti­mated that two to five per cent of plas­tics wind up in the oceans, where much of it breaks down into tiny par­ti­cles that harm ma­rine life.

“We hope this ef­fort will help to keep seas clean and not let them be­come an­other dead sea,” he said. Over 150 vol­un­teers worked for months to col­lect and sort used plas­tic bags from schools and pub­lic ar­eas. Among the par­tic­i­pants was 20-year-old en­vi­ron­ment stu­dent Prakriti Pandey.

“I had heard news that plas­tic was found in­side a dead whale, so I felt I should join this ini­tia­tive to spread aware­ness around the world and in my coun­try,” she said. The cur­rent record for the world’s largest sculp­ture of plas­tic bags was set in April 2012 when over 200 Sin­ga­porean vol­un­teers shaped 68,000 plas­tic bags in the shape of an oc­to­pus, ac­cord­ing to Guin­ness World Records.

The Nepalese group said it will now sub­mit its claim with video ev­i­dence for a new record to Guin­ness.

- AFP

SUB­MIT CLAIM: Nepali vol­un­teers and school chil­dren tie up used plas­tic bags to make a sculp­ture rep­re­sent­ing the Dead Sea in a bid to set a new world record for the largest sculp­ture made out of used plas­tic bags in Kathmandu on De­cem­ber 5, 2018.

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