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


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

Naysan Sahba, director of the UN Environment Program's Division of Communications and Public Information, said India is "very active" in tackling issues related to environmental pollution.

"The theme for this year's World Environment Day - Beat Plastic Pollution - calls on all of us to make changes in our lives that help eliminate plastic waste and pollution, and protect our planet". Plastic in oceans is likely to outweigh fishes by 2050.

"When it comes to plastic pollution, Brits are mad as hell and they're not going to take it anymore". He talked about environmental friendly steps taken by Engro in Thar and said that nature has to be preserved, which can only be done as a collaborative effort from all.

"It is estimated that the total volume of all plastics ever produced is about 8.3 billion metric tonnes, of this, about 6.3 billion metric tonnes is now waste-80 per cent of which are in landfills, and in the natural environment" he stated.

"They also hold no value post use so are not attractive to those companies who are purchasing and re-using used plastic", she said. The theme for 2018 is "Beat Plastic Pollution".

The Day has been celebrated across the world to raise awareness on current and emerging environmental issues such as pollution, overpopulation, biodiversity conservation, global warming, among others.

Plastic bags don't biodegrade, they photodegrade i.e. breaking down into smaller and smaller toxic bits contaminating soil and waterways and entering the food web when animals accidentally ingest them.

He said, India is already the 5th largest producer of Solar energy in the World and it is also the 6th largest producer of renewable energy in the World. Events began Friday, with high-profile Indian politicians speaking out on the increasing damage plastics are doing to the environment and the country's beaches.

Imran Sabir from Sepa said that people should stop the use of one-time plastic commodities, such as straws and cups, which would create a huge positive impact.

Through the case studies researchers found that targeted levies and bans, where properly planned and enforced, have been among the most effective strategies to limit overuse of disposable plastic products. Mr Modi mentioned that the per-capita plastic consumption in India is much lower than any part of the developed world. In line with resolutions taken at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and UN Environmental Assembly (UNEA), the Study showed that only 21% of plastic waste is recycled.

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.