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OPERATION BOOST
Operation Boost is an initiative of the Dutch ngo InterHelp and several other companies and ngo’s all over the world. Operation Boost has the aim to find new and creative ways to fight poverty, literacy, polution and un- & underemployement.

POVERTY
Poverty has many causes, some of them very basic. Some experts suggest, for  instance, that the world has too many people, too few jobs, and not enough food.  But such basic causes are quite intractable and not easily eradicated. In most  cases, the causes and effects of poverty interact, so that what makes people  poor also creates conditions that keep them poor. Primary factors that may  lead to poverty include overpopulation, the unequal distribution of  resources in the world economy, inability to meet high standards of living and  costs of living, inadequate education and employment opportunities,  environmental degradation, certain economic and demographic trends, and welfare  incentives.


Photo: http://www.worldrevolution.org

UNEMLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT
Unemployment and underemployment lies at the core of poverty.
For the poor, labour is often the only asset they can use to improve their well-being. Hence the creation of productive employment opportunities is essential for achieving poverty reduction and sustainable economic and social development. It is crucial to provide decent jobs that both secure income and empowerment for the poor, especially women and younger people.

PLASTIC POLLUTION
Plastic pollution is ruining our environment  from Mount Everest to the bottom of the sea
. Plastics make up already more than “12 percent of the municipal solid waste stream” which is a great increase from that if the 1960s, when “plastics were less than one percent of the waste stream”.

Pollution effects on our environment
Plastics take approximately 1000 years to biodegrade.
Plastics not only release harmful greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, but can also release harmful chemicals into the surrounding soil, which could eventually make its way into groundwater or other surrounding water sources. This could cause serious harm to the species that drink this water.

Pollution effects on humans
Plastics, which are already harmful enough as it is, contain many different type of chemicals depending on the type of plastic. Many chemicals added to the plastics can be absorbed by human bodies, which could lead to an array of problems later in life. In many parts of the world accumulation of plastics and other wastes have become so severe that some humans have difficulty getting around and the eye sore it creates for many is quite a problem too. This is especially noticeable in less developed countries where recycling and proper transportation of waste is rare.

Manan Vastsyayana

 Photo: Manan Vastsyayana

Pollution effects on animals
Although only 10% of solid waste on earth is plastic, a great majority of this waste (80%) is ending up on land, shorelines, the ocean surface or seabed. There is a dramatic escalation in the number of animals harmed by plastic pollution.

Albatross

 Albatross, victim of plastic ingestion. Photo: Unknown.