United Nations presents first global outlook against plastic pollution

07 June, 2018, 13:21 | Author: Bertha Harmon
  • Taimur Nagar's residents know little of the hazards of non-biodegradable plastic to the water supply and the animals sat around

The institution made the appeal at a walk for the environment to commemorate the 2018 World Environment Day on Tuesday in Lagos.

According to official statistics, around 180,000 tones of plastic materials spread in Sudan, constituting one of the biggest environmental pollution in the country.

Celebrating World Environment Day today, the inhabitants of Jindal Nagar pledged to "Beat Plastic Pollution" in their day to day life.

There is a rubbish truck full of plastic entering our oceans every minute, with plastic packaging use predicted to double by 2020 and quadruple by 2050, while globally, the level of recycling is only around 14% - it's clear we can not recycle our way out of this problem. Indeed the issue of plastic pollution along the country's coastal areas is a major concern and also worsening due to an inadequate solid waste disposal system in our cities and towns.

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"The impacts of human actions on degrading our environment - our air, rivers, oceans, forests, rural and urban spaces; threatening the survival of a large number of species including those vital to our own food chain; depleting natural resources; are in fact a threat to our own survival in the long run", he said.

He pointed out that the government has given forty million new cooking gas connections in the last two years, while over three hundred million LED bulbs were installed across India which have saved electricity and prevented additional amounts of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere.

The report specifically recommends that policy makers take actions to improve waste management, promote eco-friendly alternatives, educate consumers, enable voluntary reduction strategies and successfully implement bans or levies on the use and sale of single-use plastics.

Around the world, 1 million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute.

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Ministry of Environment participated on Tuesday in the 2018 World Environment Day under the theme "Beat Plastic Pollution", which focuses on how plastic, one of the most unsafe pollutants, affects our ecosystems and environment. The United Nations Environmental Chief writes, "We urgently need consumers, business, and governments to cut consumption of single-use, throwaway plastics".

Mr Modi said, Government's Make in India campaign has focus on zero defect and zero effect manufacturing which means manufacturing without defect and which does not harm the environment. In total, 50 per cent of the plastic is of single use. Every year the world uses up to 5 trillion disposable plastic bags.

"The developing world complains how it has exploited environment and thus ask for technology and finance, I feel this is important but environment won't be defended unless the society is motivated", he added.

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