PM Modi: Unite in fight against plastic pollution

Pablo Tucker
June 8, 2018

"Our oceans have been used as a dumping ground, choking marine life and transforming some marine areas into a plastic soup", said Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment, in the report released in New Delhi.

The world event, adopted in 1974 by the United Nation, is marked on June 5 every year, and enables the world to focus on the need to protect the environment from degradatio0n.

By 2050, it is estimated that there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans. The longevity of plastics, considered its greatest advantage, has today become the source of the biggest threat to our planet.

- Avoid collecting/using single use plastic bags and packaging at the market. India has set an example in beating plastic pollution at the world stage by showcasing best practices and innovations, he told PTI.

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.

In the same context, Mohamed Shehab, CEO of the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA), said that the national EU-funded initiative to reduce the consumption of plastic bags has been launched on June 5, 2017, during which around 4.5 million tons of biodegradable plastic bags were distributed in 18 months.

The UN World Environment Day was established by the UN General Assembly in 1972 on the first day of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment.

Elsewhere, however, things have not gone well and urgent action is needed.

Gujarat has no significant short- or long-term plan yet to "beat plastic pollution".

"This India of our dreams (New India) will be single-use plastic free", said Vardhan amid applause from the gathering here at Vigyan Bhawan where the PM later emphasised on India's commitment towards protecting environment.

The association said levies and taxes should be imposed on producers and consumers of single-use plastics such as plastic shopping bags.

The Association for Environmental Impact Assessment of Nigeria (AEIAN), an umbrella body of Impact Assessment Practitioners in Nigeria, has called on the Federal Government to develop, implement and enforce strong laws and policies that will curb the production and use of unnecessary single use plastics.

Worryingly, studies have also shown that all drinking water in the world now has plastic particles in it. Purchase some reusable produce bags and help keep even more plastic out of the landfill.

The UN made a series of recommendations to make plastics bans more effective, from encouraging more cooperation from businesses to offering incentives.

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