Since I’m doing the Zero-Polystyrene Campaign for my survey, I would love to know more about the campaign worldwide. Thus, I searched for six articles and put it up on AntConc to know what are the effects of using polystyrene, ways to prevent it and do people aware of such campaign. Is it similar to every articles, and I could use this to conclude the whole survey analysis. Not only that I know about how students perception/acceptance towards the campaign via the survey, after the concordance assignment using AntConc, I am able to mold the findings to a solid conclusion.
- People awareness and perception towards the campaign
- The effects of using polystyrene
- Steps to prevent it.
The first objective. People awareness and perception towards the campaign.
I typed in the word ‘awareness’ and it comes up two times in two articles, both word comes before and after the word ‘townsfolk’ and ‘everybody’s’ respectively. This would show that everyone in the country should have awareness toward this campaign.
Next, I search for the word ‘campaign’ and it comes up two times in two articles. Both strongly points out about the Food Packaging ‘campaign’ and the ‘campaign’ to ban the use of polystyrene. Besides that, I search for the word towards in order to see the word comes before and after it, and it comes up three times in two articles, of which all three suggest the same goal which ‘achieving zero-styrofoam’, ‘environmental conversation’, and ‘zero waste’.
The second objective. The effect of using polystyrene.
I typed in the word ‘effect’ and the result shows that the word ‘effect’ appears 10 times in three out of six articles. Greenhouse comes two times before the word effect and the word global warming comes up three times in two articles, while the word environmental comes up in both before and after the word ‘effect’ in one article. Below is the result.
One of the common effect of using polystyrene is the environment and leads to greenhouse gas followed by global warming.
Other than that, I search for the word ‘cause’ and it comes up 5 times in three articles. Use of polystyrene could cause blocked drains, neurotoxic symptoms and cancer in humans. Plus, I typed in the word ‘animal’ to see whether this can bring any effect to the animals and it comes up one time saying the styrene causes cancer in ‘animals’. Something for us to ponder.
Next, I typed in the word ‘pollution’, and it comes up 5 times in three articles. The word marine comes up three times before the word pollution suggesting the danger of using polystyrene is affecting our water at a very serious level.
The word ‘harmful’ comes up three times in two articles and two out of three comes with the word ‘effect’. Thus I’d say the usage of polystyrene are causing harmful effect towards environment.
The third objective. Steps to prevent it.
I typed in the word ‘steps’ and it comes up two times in two articles of which it explains on ‘simple steps to banning polystyrene’ and ‘baby steps to move right ahead’. While the word ‘prevention’ comes up one time.
Next, I search for the word ‘avoid’ and it comes up two times in two articles.
From the whole text, there are tons of ways to prevent from using the polystyrenes, and via AntConc, all six articles basically suggest the same thing on steps to prevent and encourage the banning of polystyrene and Styrofoam.
To sum up, AntConc has definitely helped me save time to search for keywords in all six articles at once. Plus I have met all my objectives and the findings are rather expected. People in a high rate of well-educated people are aware of the danger of polystyrene and Styrofoam but still use them to cut cost, but they do not think of the long term effect towards the environment, especially the flora and fauna. Both animals and humans are suffering from the wide use of polystyrene and Styrofoam such as global warming, greenhouse gas effect, water, air and environmental pollution. This has got to stop, and I hope that with little findings and research like this could lead to a bigger and better project in order to help raise awareness in people especially students to stop using polystyrene and Styrofoam.
Various Online Articles, Blogs and Forums.
- http://www.theborneopost.com/2014/12/28/sibu-achieves-first-ever-zero-styrofoam-target/ (Raymond Tan on 28 December 2014) published for The Borneo Post at theborneopost.com
- http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/12/21/polystyrene-foam-ban/4141835/ (Matthew Daneman on 21 December 2013) published for USA Today at usatoday.com
- http://www.dailycamera.com/ci_22617326/effort-growing-ban-styrofoam-boulder (Alex Burness on 18 February 2013) published for Daily Camera at dailycamera.com
- https://www.change.org/p/conscious-consumers-lets-get-rid-of-polystyrene-in-colorado (Alexandra Brower on 2012) published for Change.org at change.org
- http://businessbarbados.com/trending/green-business/the-dangers-of-polystyrene/ (Future Centre Trust on 6 July 2010) published for businessbarbados.com
- https://sweden.se/nature/the-swedish-recycling-revolution/ (Jonas Freden on 28 November 2014) published for https://sweden.se/