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As we approach 2050, the alarming prospect of oceans containing more plastic than fish looms large, triggering a climate crisis. Delve into Pakistan's complex situation, where an astounding 3.3 million tonnes of plastic waste, equivalent to the height of two Mount Everests, poses a significant challenge. With the region experiencing one of the highest rates of mismanagement of plastic waste in South Asia, this crisis extends beyond the environment, fostering the spread of infectious diseases.
The documentary titled 'Pakistan's Plastic Problem,' looks at the country's silent crisis in the making – from excessive use of plastic in everyday life to an insufficient waste management system – and how it's leaving scars on the environment.
About the author
Aisha Farrukh is a Pakistan based multimedia journalist. Having more than five years of the professional experience, she is currently working as the Head of the Content Department at The Centrum Media (TCM), Asia's first video-based and Pakistan's first digital news network. Mainly focusing on historical and hardcore news stories, she has produced multiple journalistic pieces that created a discourse in Pakistan’s hostile and polarized society. She has traveled across the country to give voices to the voiceless, with her multiple stories were picked by national media of Pakistan. In future, she aims to create an impact in society with her work by doing the stories that can trigger the people sitting in power corridors to take practical actions against malpractices. Aisha has recently won story grants from Environmental Justice Network by internews, GRID-Arendal by UN Environmental Program and Pulitzer Center. She is also a two time recipient of the Journalist of the Year award in the category of ‘Impact Journalism’.
Author: Aisha Farrukh
Year of publication: 2023