Ministry of Environment participates in 'Beat Plastic Pollution' Environment Day

07 June, 2018, 13:21 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Garbage seen on the polluted banks of the Yamuna near the Mahal Agra Uttar Pradesh

"Together, let us ensure that our future generations live in a clean and green planet, in harmony with nature".

Outlining efforts undertaken in India to protect the environment, Akbaruddin said fishermen in Kerala were helping reduce, collect and recycle the plastic while in Mumbai, government and local community have come forward to undertake huge efforts to clean beaches.

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

Wijarn Simachaya, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, said government offices should serve as role models for businesses and the public by leading by example and creating public awareness of how changing patterns of behaviour and consumption can easily lessen our reliance on plastics.

A Roadmap for Sustainability, said rules limiting the use of plastic bags have helped in places such as Morocco, Rwanda, and parts of China - sometimes significantly.

Some 86% support supermarkets moving towards more refillable and reusable packaging instead of single-use plastics and more than nine out of 10 (91%) think they should be working towards reducing their overall packaging.

Also, many people are promoting the use of cloth bags over plasting and also by planting trees. The family has not been using plastic bags since last four years to preserve the environment.

The theme this year for World Environment Day 2018 is "Beat Plastic Pollution". But there are signs of action to limit plastic pollution, which harms life in the oceans, contaminates soils and releases toxic chemicals when burnt. "Here in my office, we are abolishing the use of single use plastic bottles for water". "While plastic has many valuable uses, we have become over-reliant on single-use or disposable plastic - with severe environmental consequences", the United Nations said in a statement on Tuesday.

"Each year, while five trillion plastic bags are used and 17 million barrels of oil go into plastic production, 13 million tonnes of plastic leak into the ocean and 100,000 marine animals are killed by it".

Ogundipe said that residents should be cautious about the use of plastics considering the topography of the state.

He said to generate employment, the government was working towards making India a global manufacturing hub for which it launched the Make in India campaign.

"Reuse and recycling of plastics really do not have the capacity to remove the pollutants from the system; they can only reduce the volume being introduced".


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