Plastic waste and the need for small digital labs for Linguistics

This is the appropriate time to prepare or train our next generation for correcting our mistakes and solving environment-related issues.  

By Dr Chander Shekhar Singh

The biotic environment consists of all living beings including microorganisms, plants, and animals. The crisis in the physical environment can easily influence the biotic environment of the biosphere. Human activities have already disturbed the biotic environment.

Pollution (Wikimedia commons)

Science and its sister technology have come to occupy an incomparable place in the various activities of the human social system. Human society developed science and technology to solve problems of human beings but we have started misusing the technology for our own unnecessary benefits. One of the greatest problems human beings are facing today because of sudden developments in science and misusing technology is pollution. 

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Pollution is a serious and complex issue

The problem of pollution is very complex because food chains and food webs functioning in the biosphere are very complex. It is estimated that the maximum population of human beings use plastics every day at home and outside, it does not matter which type of plastic we are using. We all can start observing the environment-related problems in our own residences and we have to involve all family members in such issues.

Food chains and food webs (YouTube screenshot)

I have also involved my own twelve-year-old daughter, Manikarnika Kaur in the environment awareness programs. This is the appropriate time to prepare or train our next generation for correcting our mistakes and solving environment-related issues.  

In recent research, scientists over and done with the fact as any kind of plastic (the plastic products used at homes as shown in the pictures above) can have severe effects on the food web. 

Plastic waste and the need for a digital lab for Linguistics

When we feel we need some new perspectives and insights into this area, we can think about making a digital laboratory available to the students of Linguistics and many other applied courses of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Sciences in the universities and colleges. 

Digital Lab (Wikimedia Commons)

The Digital Lab is a collection of communication and control tools that enables a teacher to control, monitor, and communicate with the students. It will help the teacher to create courses, activities, examination, and evaluate students’ progress for the desired academic areas /subjects. The lab will allow students to get the best use out of the new eco-friendly materials and with COVID-19 guidelines as possible.  

Create a shared distributed infrastructure using plastic waste

The key idea is to construct and operate shared distributed infrastructure by using plastic waste in building materials, acoustic/soundproof plasters and bricks, etc. that aims at making modern digital laboratory resources and relevant technology available to the student-teacher communities of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, and Sciences.

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Plastics can be easily characterised as durable with low volume density and sound-absorbing features thus plastic waste can be utilized as acoustic material for small laboratories of Linguistics. Milan Kolarević et al discussed the acoustic properties of recycled plastic and a proposed digital design of the bricks with sound absorption properties has been given by Guzman and Munno (2015).

Further, many scientists and researchers are continuously working on absorbing the plastic waste in the building construction works. We can also use plastic waste in making roads, cinema halls, commercial buildings, offices etc. What we need is a ‘proper coordination and full cooperation of everyone in the utilization of our own plastic waste’.  

Contributing Author: Dr Chander Shekhar Singh is currently an Associate Professor and teacher In-Charge at the Department of Linguistics, Rajdhani College, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India. He has to his credit four authored books in Linguistics and one edited book on environmental studies. He has also participated in many campaign programs related to environment awareness issues.

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