PN observes World Environment Day

07 June, 2018, 13:22 | Author: Sidney Guerrero
  • Taimur Nagar is one of many slums in Delhi and countless other cities struggling to cope with waste

Prime Minister made a fervent appeal for the world to work unitedly in eliminating plastic pollution.

Outlining efforts undertaken in India to protect the environment, Akbaruddin said fishermen in Kerala were helping reduce, collect and recycle the plastic while in Mumbai, government and local community have come forward to undertake huge efforts to clean beaches.

Every year, the World Environment Day follows a theme to highlight any one of the major environmental concerns and is hosted by a different country every year.

In a report for International Environment Day, the United Nations warned at current levels the earth could be awash with 12 billion tonnes of plastic trash by the middle of the century.

They urged individuals to reject plastic cutlery, pick-up any plastic they see while on a walk and create awareness on the dangers of plastics pollution among friends and family.

Environment Minister Sergio Costa has meanwhile pledged to make his ministry "plastic-free" and plans to launch an "economic and cultural strategy to begin reducing plastic production and excessive packaging".

The Prime Minister asserted that plastic now threatens to become a menace to humanity and a lot of it never makes it to the recycling bin while what was worse was that a lot of it was non bio-degradable.

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Millions of people from over 100 countries including Brunei Darussalam have taken part over the years, helping drive change in consumption habits as well as in national and global environmental policy.

"In cities around the world, plastic waste clogs drains, causing foods and breeding disease".

The figures were released today by Zero Waste Scotland, in coordination with World Environment Day (5 June 2018) - a global day which encourages awareness and action for the protection of the environment.

The report noted that by some estimates, as many as 5 trillion plastic bags are used worldwide every year.

Microplastics are small plastic pieces less than five millimeters long which can be harmful to our ocean and aquatic life, and they also make their way into the water supply and enter human bodies. Join hands with those who are working towards it.

The activities for the week include a panel discussion on "Beating Plastic Pollution in Africa".

Afrasiab from Business Dynamics gave a presentation on biodegradable plastic and said that plastic pollution is a grave issue and as a nation, it is high time to adopt value added solutions like use of biodegradable bags instead of plastic bags.

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