PM Modi on World Environment Day

Clark Diaz
June 9, 2018

"We have all contributed to this problem - mostly unknowingly - and we must work together to reduce and ultimately to end plastic pollution", he stated, adding that plastic was composed of major toxic pollutants that could cause great harm to the environment in the form of air, water and land pollution.

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Speaking last week at the launch of the National Environment Week, Environment Minister Dr Vincent Biruta noted that, around the world, nearly 450 million tons of plastic is produced every year.

Today, the challenge we face is no longer plastic bags alone, but all plastics, especially those used once and thrown away.

"We have recived tremendous response from residents especially children staying in the Kranti Nagar slums as every Sunday several of them joined us in cleaning and told us that they have even stopped throwing garbage in the river", said Jhaveri in relief.

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In India, plastic has been found inside dead cows while a whale in Thailand died after consuming waste bags. It will also stop selling plastic straws from October 1.

"When it comes to plastic pollution, Brits are mad as hell and they're not going to take it anymore".

A study published in December 2014 by US and United Kingdom researchers suggested there are more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic weighing almost 269,000 tonnes now swirling in the world's oceans.

The Pope marked World Environment Day, Tuesday, tweeting a prayer: "Lord, reawaken in us a sense of praise and gratitude for our Earth, and for everything you have created".

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.

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The pledge is the most ambitious yet of the global actions to combat plastic pollution that are taking place in 60 nations around the world.

During the awareness campaign, raising stint environmental activists expressed their views on plastic becoming an environmental hazard in both the rural and urban areas of Pakistan.

"Plastic threatens to become a menace to humanity".

Following the launch of the "Plastic Bottle Free Initiative", the minister handed over tumblers to heads of departments and divisions to replace water bottles in the ministry. If the present trend continues, plastic in the sea will weigh more than all marine animals combined, with most of the pollution originating in emerging nations in Asia, Africa and Latin America, which do not have appropriate systems to collect and treat it. She stressed that people should be sensitised to refuse the use of plastic and promote recycling and reusing.

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