Days after news of radiation leak in a Delhi scrap market rocked the city, a first-of-its-kind graphic novel, highlighting the issue of hazardous substances and waste, was released in the city on Saturday.
Our Toxic Waste, compiled and scripted by Aniruddha Sen Gupta, who has written several books for children, and illustrated by Priya Kuriyan, explores the issue of pollution and waste management using the multilayered medium of graphic novels.
“This book is for urban families who are aware of the problem facing our planet but don’t know how to make a difference. It is not a book for children, but for everyone,” said Sen Gupta.
The book highlights problems like industrial pollution, electronic waste and household waste and suggests alternative routes that can be adopted at individual level.
The book revolves around a family in Delhi and highlights problems like industrial pollution, e-waste and household waste. The book suggests returning electronic goods to manufacturers instead of dumping them. It also suggests use of unbleached paper products and homemade cosmetics.
Sen Gupta and Kuriyan got information on hazardous substances and waste from Delhi-based NGO Toxics Links.
“Getting across the message of waste management and hazardous substances is difficult. A graphic novel is an interactive format that gives the topic more appeal,” said Ravi Aggarwal, director Toxics Link.
The book was released by documentary filmmaker Krishnendu Bose. “Environment communication usually spells out doom and is dull. Bringing together graphics and text makes the discourse inclusive,” he said.
The book has been published by SAGE Publications and is priced at Rs 395.