Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

India to eliminate the use of single-use plastics by 2022

India Has Set Example By Committing To Beat Plastic Pollution UN World Environment Day: 'Our world is swamped by plastic'
Glenn Montgomery | 07 June, 2018, 13:23

The family has not been using plastic bags since last four years to preserve the environment.

Presiding over a ministerial conference here to mark World Environment Day, which is being hosted by India this year with the theme to combat "plastic pollution", the minister said the country now means business.

The celebration of World Environment Day started in 1974 with the goal of raising awareness, supporting action and driving change.

It also committed to making a 500-metre area around 100 historic monuments, including the iconic Taj Mahal litter-free and free from plastic pollution through the Taj Declaration. Five industry leaders also took environment protection pledges at the plenary session. All of us have a collective responsibility towards this.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday acknowledged that water crisis is a major challenge across India and assured that the Namami Gange initiative to clean the river will soon show results.

At Bhubaneswar, JSPL organised world environment day programme, in which Prof.

Media.net, an advertising technology company found by Divyankh Turakhia, a serial internet entrepreneur, observed a huge drop in dry waste accumulation by merely replacing plastic plates with steel plates.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres underlined that plastic pollution must be dealt globally as microplastic particles in the ocean have increased tremendously.

"There's an enormous opportunity to turn single-use plastic bottles into a valuable resource if placed in the correct recycling bins".

"The scourge of plastic has reached every corner of the Earth", Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment, wrote in the report, compiled with the Indian government and launched along with a slogan: "If you can't reuse it, refuse it".

A ban on disposable plastics in New Delhi, for instance, has had only limited impact "because of poor enforcement", the report said.

Highlighting the importance of protecting the environment, the minister said, "Environmental issues are gaining attention at various levels as their implications are not just on the present generation but also the future generations".

Today, plastic poses one of the greatest threats to our natural environment all the more so because it is both cheap and easily available.

Jackie Shroff: Everyday is a World Environment Day.

"While much of the world focuses on the inconvenient truths, we have moved on to convenient actions", Modi said. It noted the United States tosses out more than 33 million tons of plastic, of which less than 10 percent is recycled. "They are part of growing stream of environmental consciousness being reflected in parts of our civil society", he said. Plastic bottles take 450 years or more to decompose, harming us and our environment.

Kochi airport became the first airport in the world in 2015 to run completely on solar power, he added.

"We need to come together and raise our voices against the use of plastic".

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