Host Nation India Focuses On 'Beat Plastic Pollution' Theme

10 June, 2018, 16:16 | Author: Ann Santiago
  • Taimur Nagar is one of many slums in Delhi and countless other cities struggling to cope with waste

The commitment to make plastic packaging recyclable and compostable would do little to turn the tide on plastic pollution, she said.

"Today, we announced the appointment of Patricia Fuller as Canada's new Ambassador for Climate Change to help advance Canada's clean growth and climate change priorities on the world stage".

The AfDB considers over-reliance on plastics as a major environmental challenge, especially considering the pollution that comes with badly managed plastic waste.

FILE PHOTO: A volunteer shows ear sticks and plastics after a garbage collection, ahead of World Environment Day on La Costilla Beach, on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean in Rota, Spain June 2, 2018.

However, Greenpeace applauded companies which were beginning to eliminate single-use plastics from their shelves and checkouts.

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.

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"Plastic pollution represents violence against this planet".

According to Cheema, most of these plastics eventually make their way into rivers, water channels and finally, into the oceans.

The World Environment Day was first introduced by the United Nations in 1974 and since then it has developed into a global platform for raising awareness and taking action on urgent issues from marine pollution and global warming to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime. In 1974 the first World Environment Day was held with the theme "Only One Earth".

Bigger responsibility rests with the public at large to say "no" to plastic bags and in fact the civic authorities such as Capital Development Authority in the federal capital can launch "No to Plastic Bags" campaign by involving the public in order to free our environment from this hazard.

As per this year's theme - beat plastic pollution - the plastic wrapping of the magazine in India, UK and the United States editions has been eliminated from June onwards. "We want everyone to remember our message if you can't reuse it, refuse it and carry reusable shopping bags", Fiza concluded.

Actor Arjun Kapoor said:"It takes one small step to #BeatPlasticPollution!" The report analyzes the complex relationships in our plastics economy and offers an approach to rethink how the world produces, uses and manages single-use plastics. In fact, micro-plastics have now even entered basic food like salt, bottled water and tap water...

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