Drop Your Plastic

Drop Your Plastic

Daylight investigations - Region 2: Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Atria Sasani
Khashayar Khezri

Islamic Azad University

Iran, Islamic Republic of

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Plastics in the aquatic environment usually cause serious damage by releasing chemical substances, converting to microplastics and entering the food cycle, becoming a place for microbes to evolve and spread. However, the large number of plastics released in rivers in recent years cover the remarkable areas of the aquatic environment and prevent sunlight to reach the deeper parts of oceans and seas. This phenomenon put species-dependent on sunlight (exp: phytoplankton, coral reef, seagrass, …) endangered. It is the essence of environmental problems that their consequences usually happen in a different place and at different time. However, there is no way to compensate when the problem or pollution reaches a critical point. In this decade, we as humans are completely aware of the environmental issues due to the internet, media, etc. Despite this awareness, we usually do not have any intention to preserve our environment and in this case, reduce the amount of plastic waste we produce until we can see the consequences of them. The idea is to design a pedestrian underpass that people can use to reach their destinations in different corners of a crowded square. Before entering the underpass, we ask them to drop their plastic wastes in their paths which they used daily and exhibit the effect of their plastic wastes on sunlight blockage in the ocean