Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Kovind, Naidu, Modi urge people to beat plastic pollution

Kovind, Naidu, Modi urge people to beat plastic pollution

On this occasion Atul Misra, said "Plastic pollution threatens existence of life in this JSPL, we always discourage use plastic".

With the theme of the Wednesday 2018 being "Beat Plastic Pollution", Modi noted that the menace was already having a deadly impact on India's marine ecosystem and marine litter, especially micro-plastic, was a major trans-boundary problem.

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.

Indeed, it is estimated that a total of 500 billion plastic bags are used every year around the world and that 13 million tons of plastic leak into the ocean, including the plastic bags that we use and throw every day.

He expressed hope that by next year's World Environment Day commemoration, solar energy will be part of the energy mix used in the United Nations headquarters.

The African Development Bank (AfDB), says there is the need to take action against plastic pollution in Africa. "Of course, we can give up on using single-use plastic items and replace them with glass or reusable plastic items in case we want to drink water to avoid the damage they cause on environment", said Philippe Twagirumukiza, a city of Kigali resident who attended the walk.

The 2018 edition of World Environment Day, celebrated by the United Nations every June 5, is focusing on this issue with the slogan: "Beat Plastic Pollution: If You Can't Reuse it, Refuse It".

Modi has also spoken out about the dangers of climate change and the need for measures to combat global warming.

"Let's take a pledge to do everything in our capacity to reduce the use of plastic by less than half".

Millions of people from over 100 countries including Brunei Darussalam have taken part over the years, helping drive change in consumption habits as well as in national and global environmental policy.

While the "plastic menace" is the focus of recent efforts, India is also focused on other areas of environmental interest, including mainstreaming energy efficiency. "Every year, more than eight million tonnes end up in the oceans". The global campaign of the create awareness and urge companies, NGO's, communities and governments to tackle this heavy burden was highlighted on June 5 with the launch of a report from UN Environment.

"Refuse what you can't re-use", he asserted.

And nearly three-quarters (72%) think supermarkets are not doing enough about packaging to tackle the problem of plastic pollution, the survey by Populus for Greenpeace showed.

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