PM Modi urges people to beat plastic pollution

PM Modi urges people to beat plastic pollution

PM Modi urges people to beat plastic pollution

Badminton star Saina Nehwal posted: "The movement to beat plastic pollution is growing and I urge you to http://join.You can#BeatPlasticPollution by sharing a video or photo on this #WorldEnvironmentDay.I would like to challenge my friends to spread this initiative @parupallik @PRANNOYHSPRI @GuruSaiDutt1".

The forum was jointly organised by the Australian High Commission, Ghana Wildlife Society and the USAID funded West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change, and assembled stakeholders in the environment to discuss and find practical ways too, "Beat Plastic Pollution".

He said India was his choice to host this year's "World Environment Day" due to a variety of reasons, including its vast population and fast economic growth.

"On the World Environment Day, we reaffirm our commitment to a cleaner and sustainable planet".

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.

"These companies have drawn a line in the sand, pledging to do their bit to stem the tide of plastic waste and plastic pollution", Sage said.

While noting that proper management of plastic waste, through the promotion of the three R's of waste management - "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" - should be adopted, the association also called for encouraging research into alternatives to plastics.

Stating that trees were essential for the survival of human beings, Collector asked people to plant trees in a big way and help for the protection of environment.

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In addition, he recommended to the government to strictly enforce the various environmental regulations by punitively punishing people who litter and also name and shame offenders.

Otunta said that the 2018 World Environment Day celebration had presented the nation with another opportunity to increase its efforts towards checking plastic pollution.

"This plastic waste is often thrown away in the rivers, seas, and oceans, and contributes to fill ocean bottoms or float on the water surface".

Shah said volunteers have cleared nearly 15 million kilograms of plastic from the beach near his home in the past three weeks.

The University Grants Commission in India, the body that oversees Universities in the country, directed all institutions of higher learning to stop the use of plastic cups, plastic packaging, plastic bags, disposable food service cups, plates, containers made in polystyrene foam and plastic straws on their campuses and restrict single-use plastic water bottle and encourage the use of refillable bottles.

He said to generate employment, the government was working towards making India a global manufacturing hub for which it launched the Make in India campaign.

Globally, about 12.7 million tonnes of plastic ends up in oceans every year.

More updates on World Environment Day are yet to come up, till then stay tuned! The simplest plastic normally used in grocery store bags takes at least 100 years to break down while the complex ones take up to 600 years or beyond to decompose.

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