Saturday, 20 October, 2018

United Nations says world choking on plastic as environmental crisis grows

Taimur Nagar's residents know little of the hazards of non-biodegradable plastic to the water supply and the animals sat around Taimur Nagar's residents know little of the hazards of non-biodegradable plastic to the water supply and the animals sat around
Edmund Robinson | 07 June, 2018, 12:28

This World Environment Day UN Environment is asking you, companies and civil society groups, to take a concrete action to Beat Plastic Pollution. Thus one can say that the plastic pollution calls for the dire attention of the global population and that too with a good cause.

The event emphasised the role of schools, colleges and universities in protecting nature and environment as well as beating plastic pollution, stated another official release.

Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment, stated on India's pledge: "This has been the biggest, most resonant World Environment Day ever, thanks to the leadership of our global host India".

Noting that the per capita plastic consumption in India was much lower than in many parts of the developed world, he said India's national mission on cleanliness and sanitation - Swachh Bharat Abhiyan -has a special focus on "plastic waste management".

Biruta was speaking while closing the "Beat Plastic Pollution Walk" held in Kigali during the Kigali Car Free Day on Sunday.

Some 150 million tonnes of plastic litter the seas across the world and 8 million more are added every year, largely as a result of the world's addiction to disposable and single-use goods.

On Tuesday, Rwanda will join the rest of the world to celebrate the World Environment Day, under the theme "Beat Plastic Pollution".

"Plastics can not be recycled nor transformed".




The issue will then be explored at a more local level with the award-winning documentary Baykeepers which follows Neil Blake on his journey to investigate the far-reaching impact of plastic waste on Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay.

The celebration of this day provides us with an opportunity to broaden the basis for an enlightened opinion and responsible conduct by individuals, enterprises and communities in preserving and enhancing the environment.

He also reiterated India's commitment to sustainable development.

Many other African counties have launched initiatives to put an end to the plastic bag hazard.

One simplest thing that we can do is to stop using plastic bags and instead take reusable cloth bags for shopping.

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. They also present a major problem as they are non-renewable, thus exposing the environment to many toxins, including carcinogens.

Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today appealed the citizens of Nagaland to commit for a Plastic Free Nagaland by banning the use of plastic in the State within 6 months.

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