The Threat of Plastics & Pollution
Rotary Club Networking Meeting 23-Aug–2018 (from 12:30pm)
The Rotary Club of Hornchurch & Upminster are hosting a talk on Plastics and Pollution on 23rd August (12:30pm to 2.30pm) at the Railway Hotel, Hornchurch.
The network meeting is especially suitable for local Business People who wish to further their career or businesses with additional new contacts customers/suppliers.
The Club provide a FREE ½ hour meeting once a month in the 12:30 to 1pm slot, that is immediately followed by a Rotary meeting lunch of £13.00 which includes a speaker from 1pm to 2:30pm.
The speaker on 23-Aug–2018 is Mr Dhruv Boruah and the Subject is ‘Plastic Pollution”. Mr Boruah is an Engineer, MBA, speaks and writes English, Spanish, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali & Russian (experimental), has appeared on BBC News Channels Cycling a floating raft “ON” the River Thames from Lechlade, Gloucestershire to Teddington; through Central London to Tower Bridge, collecting plastic litter on the way so as to highlight and generate awareness about plastic pollution (see picture).
The speaker will explain how plastic breaks down into microplastics and nanoplastics which can penetrate organs & tissues, and also every time we wash our clothing, the washing machine can leach up to 1000,000 microfibers into our waterways, rivers and oceans. Fish eat the plastics and we eat the fish. One third of the fish sampled from the river Thames were contaminated with microfibers.
Plastic is in the water we drink, the food we eat, the alcohol we drink and the air that we breathe. But, no one is talking about the real danger which is “microplastic & microfibers which are carriers for toxic chemicals”, some of which are endocrine disruptors and can result in genetic changes and cause cancer. Studies have shown hormonal/ reproductive/ genetic issues in marine life. The impact on humans is not known yet?