Plastic pollution is a grave issue, stress experts

Greg Lawrence
June 7, 2018

ISLAMABAD: Members of civil society holding a banner during an awareness walk titled "Beat Plastic pollution" at Blue Area on Monday.

Prior to the announcement, millions of Indian policymakers, celebrities, business leaders, innovators, environmentalists and activists gathered for weeks of activities aimed at taking action against plastic pollution.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Jitendra Singh said that celebration of World Environment Day was an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to the cause of protection of environment.

"Only 9 per cent of the 9 billion tonnes of plastic the world has ever produced has been recycled", the report said. "We want everyone to remember our message if you can't reuse it, refuse it and carry reusable shopping bags", Fiza concluded.

For more than a decade, Rwanda has raised awareness about the benefits of life without plastic bags to maintain a clean and healthy environment.

Mr Modi said, Government has given forty million new cooking gas connections in the last two years which has freed rural women from the misery of poisonous smoke and has also eliminated their dependence on firewood.

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India's permanent representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin expresses hope that by next year's World Environment Day commemoration, solar energy would be part of the energy mix used in the UN headquarters.

The Congress also took to Twitter, pledging to protect and preserve the Environment, saying, "the Earth doesn't belong to us but, we belong to the Earth".

However, Greenpeace warns that global corporations that have signed the "Beat Plastic Pollution" declaration today - including Coca-Cola, Unilever and Nestlé - are some of the top contributors to single-use plastic pollution worldwide and here in New Zealand.

Madam Cordie Aziz, Executive Director of Environment 360, during a panel discussion, suggested the need to find ways of harnessing the value of plastics in Ghana, by creating closed-loop systems that facilitate the trade of waste as a commodity. He said that Sepa has been relentlessly pursuing stakeholders to adopt the technology for manufacturing biodegradable plastic products.

The report specifically recommends that policy makers take actions to improve waste management, promote eco-friendly alternatives, educate consumers, enable voluntary reduction strategies and successfully implement bans or levies on the use and sale of single-use plastics.

Speaking on the dangers of plastics particularly single-use plastics, Emefiele said scientists have calculated the total amount of plastic ever made to be 8.3 million tons.

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