Citizens pledge to fight plastic pollution

Rosemary Collier
June 7, 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his released message on World Environment Day said, "Greetings on World Environment Day". Let's do our bit to protect this lovely planet and make it a better place to live in for all that walk upon it. "We want to foster a global movement where every individual, policy maker and business takes action against plastic pollution to protect our ecosystem", Qazilbash said.

On Tuesday, the nations celebrated World Environment Day, with India being the host country.

Emefiele said: "It is horrifying to learn that across the world, plastic make up about 85 per cent of marine litter; with micro-plastics in the air, water and food - having an unknown impact on human health".

"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. Together lets beat plastic pollution.

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Some 86% support supermarkets moving towards more refillable and reusable packaging instead of single-use plastics and more than nine out of 10 (91%) think they should be working towards reducing their overall packaging.

Gujarat's minister of state for environment reportedly opposes the ban on plastic as most industries that depend on it operate from his assembly constituency of Halol. The family has not been using plastic bags since last four years to preserve the environment.

A 2017 report by the Ocean Conservancy said China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam are dumping more plastic than the rest of the world combined.

"These mainly find their ways into the water bodies disintegrating to micro-plastic which are consumed by aquatic animals and ultimately kills them or are transferred into the food chain".

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Up to five trillion plastic bags are used each year, and 13 million tonnes of plastic leaks into the oceans annually.

Despite having only a handful of resources, Sepa is doing its utmost to combat environmental issues, he said, elaborating that more needs to be done for the protection of the environment, which could only be achieved through a joint effort from all stakeholders and the masses.

On Twitter, Guterres pledged to abolish the use of plastic bottles in his office, and he did that starting on Monday, removing all plastic bottles from his office, conference rooms and Department for Public Information.

This day was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (Unep) 45 years ago and it has adopted a different, or at least rotating, theme each year.

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