India's Modi calls for crackdown on plastic pollution

Pablo Tucker
June 7, 2018

Addressing to the Kigali Car Free Day participants in Kimihurura, Biruta said the fight against plastic pollution is everyone's responsibility as he called on the public to stand against the use of single-used plastic items.

Badminton star Saina Nehwal posted: "The movement to beat plastic pollution is growing and I urge you to http://join.You can#BeatPlasticPollution by sharing a video or photo on this #WorldEnvironmentDay.I would like to challenge my friends to spread this initiative @parupallik @PRANNOYHSPRI @GuruSaiDutt1".

The event emphasised the role of schools, colleges and universities in protecting nature and environment as well as beating plastic pollution, stated another official release.

Speaking at this year's World Environment Day in Abuja, the CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele said the management of the CBN is "in the process of concluding the recycling of our polymer bank note wastes into everyday plastics uses such as flower pots, dustbins, etc".


The theme of this year's Environment Day was specifically very pertinent in the context of Pakistan where the use of these plastic bags is still on the rise to alarming proportions and playing havoc with our environment, poisoning our oceans, land and our own health.

Deeply moved with these shocking figures, the United Nations Environment is concentrating on its ambitious goal named 'Beat Plastic Pollution'.

It may be noted here that, India is the global host of 2018 World Environment Day to combat single use of plastic pollution.

While acknowledging that combating plastic waste is different for every country, the United Nations report suggested 10 universal steps that policymakers can follow, including use of more eco-friendly alternatives to plastics and the promotion of reusable products.


He said these nano plastics enter the body through food and water intake and can not digest but piles up in the stomach. It is estimated that Nigeria loses about $5.1bn every year owing to rapid encroachment of drought and desert in most parts of the North. This theme requires all of us to consider and change our lifestyle towards reducing plastic pollution in our country, especially from "single use plastics".

"These are only the most recent instances of the Indian Government's efforts to focus on the plastic menace in a serious manner. Plastic materials contain a number of toxic chemicals that can endanger the environment, wildlife and human life".

On World Environment Day, Guterres is encouraging everyone to also stop using plastic products which are designed just to be thrown away, such as plastic bottles.

"Refuse what you can't re-use", he asserted.


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