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Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment
5) In the recent times Microplastics evidently have compelling populace to look at plastics in a different way. Critically examine.(250 words)
Why this question:
The question is based on the theme of microplastics.
Key demand of the question:
The answer must capture in what way the menace of microplastics has alarmed the people across the world and compelled to rethink over the use of plastics.
Critically examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we have to look into the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgement.
Structure of the answer:
Begin with definition of what are microplastics.
Discussion should include the following:
Microplastics, which are defined as shreds of plastic less than 5 mm in length.
A study published in June estimated that the average human ends up consuming at least 50,000 particles of microplastics in food every year.
Quote facts similar to the above to justify the urgency to acknowledge the menace posed by the microplastics.
Explain in what way the use of microplastics can disrupt life.
Discuss what needs to be done to tackle the problem.
Conclude with way solutions to address the issues.