Host Nation India Focuses On 'Beat Plastic Pollution' Theme

Taimur Nagar is one of many slums in Delhi and countless other cities struggling to cope with waste

"These companies have drawn a line in the sand, pledging to do their bit to stem the tide of plastic waste and plastic pollution", Sage said.

This was contained in a statement to mark the 2018 World Environment Day with the theme "Beat Plastic Pollution: If You Can't Reuse it, Refuse it" signed by the national president, Ahmed Sanda and the publicity coordinator, Engr Mamoud Abubakar. "If present trends continue, by 2050", Guterres warned, "our oceans will have more plastic than fish".

"India and China, frankly speaking, are in the lead of solving their environment issues, obviously there had been challenges", he said.

Greenpeace is calling on the New Zealand Government to enact a plastic pollution strategy, that starts with a comprehensive ban on plastic bags and moves into eliminating other avoidable single-use plastics, like straws, cutlery and stir sticks, and then set up nationwide container deposit scheme to ensure better collection with drink bottles. Estimates predict that the manufacturers will generate around three hundred and sixty million tonnes of the plastic this year itself. The longevity of plastics, considered its greatest advantage, has today become the source of the biggest threat to our planet.

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Mr Louis Kuupen, UNDP Assistant Country Director, who represented the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, said the United Nations in Ghana was committed to supporting government efforts to protect the environment, including beating plastics pollution.

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The World Environment Day 2018 celebrations in Odisha have begun with thousands of participants coming together to spread awareness among citizens to keep environment clean and green. Mr Modi mentioned that the per-capita plastic consumption in India is much lower than any part of the developed world.

"He said: "'#BeatPlasticPollution' is the motto of this year's World Environment Day.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday urged people to reaffirm the commitment to a cleaner and sustainable planet and pledge to beat the plastic pollution.

The day, according to a statement from the Ministry of Environment, will feature the launch of an awareness campaign on sorting plastic waste and collecting plastic bottles by installing collection bins in various locations. In our cities, plastic bags also choke drains, which results in flooding.

"This has a detrimental effect on our environment, more so once this pollution enters our oceans and endangers marine life and fragile marine ecosystems", adds Minister Molewa.

The UN made a series of recommendations to make plastics bans more effective, from encouraging more cooperation from businesses to offering incentives.

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