Dhaka—The City Sitting on a Plastic Bomb
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  • Release Date: 2022-04-02
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  • Plastic
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This video is adapted from 10.3390/earth3010002

 Plastic, an offer of modernity, has become one of the essential parts of our everyday life. However, it is presenting a massive threat in altered forms, to our health and environment. Plastic does not only pollute the surface environment, freshwater, and marine ecosystems, but toxic elements released from plastics also percolate down the surface and contaminate groundwater, which we often use as ‘safe’ drinking water. This probable future risk is deeply rooted in the entire governance infrastructure of plastic waste which could potentially lead to contamination of groundwater. Thus, a state-sponsored ‘safe drinking water’ initiative could contrarily produce a ‘risk society’. A recent study finds 81% of tap water samples collected worldwide contained plastic pollutants, which means that annually we may be ingesting between 3000 and 4000 microparticles of plastic from tap water. Based on review, ethnographic observations and interviews, and lived experience in a plastic-wrapped city (Dhaka), this video sheds light on the complex interface of plastic, water, and public health, on the relevance of Beck’s ‘risk society’ to understand this complexity, and on replicating the idea of ‘risk society’ in the case of Bangladesh. 

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Nadiruzzaman, M.;  Esha, A.A.;  Nadiruzzaman, M. Dhaka—The City Sitting on a Plastic Bomb. Encyclopedia. Available online: https://encyclopedia.pub/video/video_detail/268 (accessed on 25 April 2024).
Nadiruzzaman M,  Esha AA,  Nadiruzzaman M. Dhaka—The City Sitting on a Plastic Bomb. Encyclopedia. Available at: https://encyclopedia.pub/video/video_detail/268. Accessed April 25, 2024.
Nadiruzzaman, Md, Afsana Afrin Esha, Md Nadiruzzaman. "Dhaka—The City Sitting on a Plastic Bomb" Encyclopedia, https://encyclopedia.pub/video/video_detail/268 (accessed April 25, 2024).
Nadiruzzaman, M.,  Esha, A.A., & Nadiruzzaman, M. (2022, April 02). Dhaka—The City Sitting on a Plastic Bomb. In Encyclopedia. https://encyclopedia.pub/video/video_detail/268
Nadiruzzaman, Md, et al. "Dhaka—The City Sitting on a Plastic Bomb." Encyclopedia. Web. 02 April, 2022.