Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Research | By Derrick Holloway

WED: FG urged to implement policies on production, use of plastics

WED: FG urged to implement policies on production, use of plastics

India will aim to eliminate all single-use plastics in the country by 2022 as part of a new sustainability strategy announced by the country's president Narendra Modi.

The UN chief said the world must unite to "beat plastic pollution" now, noting that microplastic particles in the ocean, "now outnumber stars in our galaxy".

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.

Wednesday has a different global host country and this year's host is India, where the official celebration is taking place.

The issue of plastic pollution in the world's oceans has soared up the agenda following the BBC's Blue Planet II and campaigns by many organisations, with two-thirds of people (67%) more concerned than a year ago, the poll found.

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This day was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (Unep) 45 years ago and it has adopted a different, or at least rotating, theme each year.

Biruta was speaking while closing the "Beat Plastic Pollution Walk" held in Kigali during the Kigali Car Free Day on Sunday. Alongside, Hyundai Dealer Workshops will conduct environment friendly activities to engage and create awareness among the customers & employees for the reduction in use of plastics, usage of LED's that consume up to 80% less energy and Proper disposal of waste material.

Everyone addressed plastic pollution yesterday celebrating the UN World Environment Day which this year is hosted in New Delhi, India. And one out of five plastic bottles is recycled.

Plastics contain a number of chemicals, many of which are toxic or disrupt hormones.

A family member said, "We have been hearing about all the adverse affects of plastic, so we decided that we will make it a habit to not use it".

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The Secretary-General is participating in the #BeatPlasticPollution challenge, in which users pledged to replace single-use plastics with reusable alternatives.

"At one month post launching this initiative, we saw a drop in the dry waste accumulation from 190 kgs to 100 kgs". 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.

Akbaruddin said while the human civilisation has made all-round progress in controlling diseases and benefiting from technological marvels, the rapid change is also impacting the planet's environment in various ways, through over reliance on fossil fuels and unsustainable consumption and production patterns. By doing so, severe environmental consequences can be prevented and the natural habitat will be liberated from plastics.

He further explained that Egypt is committed to the 2030 strategic development plan for sustainable development to stop using plastic bags, remarking that several Arab and African countries have already done so.

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