United Nations chief: Oceans will have more plastic than fish by 2050

Ignacio Smith
June 7, 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today stressed the need to ensure that the quest for material prosperity does not compromise the environment and said India's experience shows that development may not come at the cost of its green assets. Gujarat has no significant short- or long-term plan yet to "beat plastic pollution".

The UN Environment Program (UNEP) released on Tuesday the first comprehensive global assessment of government action against plastic pollution, and also offered a roadmap for policymakers worldwide.

Every World Environment Day has a different global host country, where the official celebrations take place.

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Pandya went on to say: "It is unfortunate that the state's environment minister himself is trying to protect plastic manufacturing units, which produce banned category of plastic".

Among the programs organized on World Environment Day in the capital, Sadguru, UN Environment director and Brand Ambassador Dia Mirza launched a campaign in Central Park to stop the use of plastics. Together lets beat plastic pollution.

While acknowledging that combating plastic waste is different for every country, the United Nations report suggested 10 universal steps that policymakers can follow, including use of more eco-friendly alternatives to plastics and the promotion of reusable products.

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Also speaking, Prof Emmanuel Nzegbulam, the Dean of College of Natural Resources and Environmental Management of the university said that the dangers of continued use of plastics ought not to be over-looked.

India's permanent representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin expresses hope that by next year's World Environment Day commemoration, solar energy would be part of the energy mix used in the UN headquarters.

The United Nations, aware that the protection and improvement of the human environment is a major issue, which affects the well-being of peoples and economic development throughout the world, designated 5 June as World Environment Day. Every year the world uses up to 5 trillion disposable plastic bags. Around half of all plastic consumed is single use, meaning it immediately becomes waste if not recycled. I also invite Canadians to share their ideas on how we can move Canada toward zero plastic waste. Join hands with those who are working towards it.

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Mr Andrew Barnes, Australian High Commissioner to Ghana, noted that the plastic pollution problem the world was facing was staggering and there was the urgent need to take measures to reduce plastics. The projections being worked out now indicates that there will be a gradual increase in the global plastic production in the upcoming ten to fifteen years.

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