Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

How to beat plastic pollution on World Environment Day

How to beat plastic pollution on World Environment Day

The theme for 2018 is "Beat Plastic Pollution".

The World Environment Day is a day for people to make their contribution to saving the Earth.

Pope FrancisPope Francis an ardent champion of the environment published an encyclical "Laudato Si" in 2015 in which he takes an integral and holistic approach to the created world, with its ethical, moral, social and political implications on man.

World Environment Day is the United Nations' (UN) most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Beat plastic pollution. World Environment Day. But not much seems to have been learnt from that experience with SWDs in many parts of the city still used as a dumping ground for plastic and other waste of industries, malls and homes. In the last decade, the world has produced more plastic than we have in the last century. Every year the world uses up to 5 trillion disposable plastic bags. Plastic in oceans is likely to outweigh fishes by 2050. Are you with me to try every bit to eliminate all single use plastic from our world?

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

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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. The report examines the plastic pollution state in 2018, analyses the action implemented against plastic pollution and proposes ten-steps for the policymakers to follow. "It's what we do with it". These projects are either start-up or pre-existing enterprises and include Buy-Back Centres, Material Recovery Facilities, Construction & Demolishing solutions as well as plastic palletisation plants. It's the drive towards a green and circular economy that will inspire the world. The choices may not be easy.

Brigadier (retd) Tariq from Engro spoke about the impacts of plastic pollution in daily life.

Plastic litters beaches, blocks drains and harms wildlife, with an estimated 100,000 marine animals killed each year, as well as turning up in food and is found in 90% of bottled water.

Rwanda on May 29 launched the national environment week featuring different awareness activities aimed at addressing plastic pollution, such as countrywide inspection of the illegal use of plastic bags and exhibition on plastic recycling.

Noting that Wednesday will be a celebration and a call to action and leadership, Solheim said India is the "perfect" place for that to happen.

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