Kovind, Naidu, Modi urge people to beat plastic pollution

Ignacio Smith
June 10, 2018

"I would like to announce that MoD is committed in implementing the initiative to make it the first plastic bottle free ministry", said Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Suhaimi.

The celebration of the world event, marked on June 5 annually, was adopted in 1974 by the United Nation to throw more lights on the need to protect the environment from degradation.

The Bank is leading by example and is taking positive actions towards reducing waste generation as well as encouraging recycling and recovery. Common environmental issues include air and water pollution, loss of biodiversity and climate change.

"Targeted levies and bans - where properly planned and enforced - have been among the most effective strategies to limit overuse of disposable plastic products", the report said. The global campaign of the U.N.to create awareness and urge companies, NGO's, communities and governments to tackle this heavy burden was highlighted on June 5 with the launch of a report from UN Environment.

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Also, many people are promoting the use of cloth bags over plasting and also by planting trees. "This year's World Environment Day is therefore a call to action for all of us". "Let us all join together to beat plastic pollution and make this planet a better place to live", Modi said.

Maharashtra has banned the use of plastic, but the Gujarat government is citing the probable loss of jobs to avoid such a measure. "If we don't eliminate and significantly reduce plastic packaging and single use plastics this problem won't be fixed", says Hunter.

Scotland has committed to phase out the use of non-recyclable plastics and is now designing a deposit return scheme for drinks packaging that could see recycling rates of more than 90 per cent.

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State Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said a comprehensive scheme would be prepared to replace the plastic goods in the state, especially the polythene bags.

"It's time for the New Zealand government to step-up as a leader on the plastic crisis, and not fall for false solutions".

A study published in December 2014 by USA and United Kingdom researchers suggested there are more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic weighing almost 269,000 tonnes now swirling in the world's oceans. This is a threat not only to marine life such as coral reefs but also birds and animals.

"Plastic now threatens to become a menace to humanity".

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