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    Duqm, the rising problem of plastic pollution

    Duqm is developing, and it is developing quite fast. But at what cost?

    Consumption of plastic in Duqm is on the rise. Plastic is versatile, lightweight, flexible, moisture resistant, strong, and relatively inexpensive. Those are the attractive qualities that lead us, not only in Duqm but around the world, to such a voracious appetite and over-consumption of plastic goods.

    However, durable and very slow to degrade, plastic materials that are used in the production of so many products all, ultimately, become waste with staying power. Our tremendous attraction to plastic, coupled with an undeniable behavioral propensity of increasingly over-consuming, discarding, littering and thus polluting, has become a combination of lethal nature.
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    This photos, just two of many taken in various locations, show how plastic is now found everywhere and how is threatening both the environment and animals. If you drive in and around Duqm you'll find plenty of scenes like these. By driving in Duqm you will also notice that there are not trash bins, except for a few locations. 
    By having bins, educating people, and fining those people who litter, plastic pollution will be reduced and Duqm will stay beautiful. Not a huge task.

    This video, called 'Save Duqm' and taken by the guys heroes at Clean Up Oman نظف عمان, is only a couple of months old, and very brief, and it shows exactly the magnitude of the problem. Is it time to do something about it?

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