Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Host Nation India Focuses On 'Beat Plastic Pollution' Theme

Taimur Nagar's residents know little of the hazards of non-biodegradable plastic to the water supply and the animals sat around Taimur Nagar's residents know little of the hazards of non-biodegradable plastic to the water supply and the animals sat around
Kim Reese | 07 June, 2018, 13:20

It is the duty of each one of us, to ensure that the quest for material prosperity does not compromise our environment, he added.

"This World Environment Day I'd like to ask people to do what they can to reduce their own use of single use plastic, by reusing what they can and recycling when reuse is not possible. He said, the National mission on cleanliness and sanitation "Swachh Bharat Abhiyan" has special focus on plastic waste management". He praised India for its growing focus on environmental protection but also noted that while traveling in the country he'd seen "some of the most lovely scenic places, but destroyed by plastic pollution". More in detail, Mr Modi mentioned: "The choices that we make today will define our collective future". Mr Modi mentioned that the per-capita plastic consumption in India is much lower than any part of the developed world.

Also, many people are promoting the use of cloth bags over plasting and also by planting trees. Plastic bags are also often burned, releasing toxic fumes into the atmosphere. She said that we often talk about environmental issues, but there is a need to talk about solutions as well. He said, India is reducing its dependence on fossil fuels and it is switching sources of fuel where possible.

Minister of State for Environment Mahesh Sharma said that while Rs 350 crore was spent last year, this year Rs 650 crore was send to states under the environment protection programme. It is we all who must step in this initiative to play our part.

Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan said, "Plastic is not the problem, but what we do with plastic is the problem".

There is a rubbish truck full of plastic entering our oceans every minute, with plastic packaging use predicted to double by 2020 and quadruple by 2050, while globally, the level of recycling is only around 14% - it's clear we can not recycle our way out of this problem.

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"India is a very vocal, very proactive member of the UN Environment Assembly that governs the UN environment program".

In conjunction with the Day, UN Environment (UNEP), on Monday, launched the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), also known as the Renewables 2018 Global Status Report.

With plastic making up 10% of the total waste generated, half of it used is disposable or single-use.

According to official data, about 25,000 tonnes of plastic waste is generated every year in India and of this, only 60 per cent is recycled.

Modi said that it was the call for "convenient action" that led India, along with France, to form the International Solar Alliance which is perhaps, the single most important global development, towards the cause of environment, after the Paris Conference.

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