Activists, students and volunteers mark World Environment Day

Activists, students and volunteers mark World Environment Day

Ikpeazu said this on Tuesday during the commemoration of the 2018 World Environment Day in Micheal Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU). More specifically, Mr. Guterres stated: "Our world is swamped by harmful plastic waste".

The government can play its role by banning the manufacture of such plastic bags and putting in place policies that promote a clean environment.

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.

Urging the states to work together for the country to achieve its environment targets within a year, the Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday said that only 60 per cent of 25,000 tonnes of "plastic pollution" generated daily gets recycled.

He said the Federal government is now working on a National Policy on Plastic Waste Management, to regulate the use and disposal of plastics in the country.

Most of this plastic garbage clogging waterways and landfill is single-use items like straws, bags and cutlery. "If Gujarat is really a model state, why is the state government not banning plastic?" he said.

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Up to five trillion plastic bags are used each year, and 13 million tonnes of plastic leaks into the oceans annually. This theme requires all of us to consider and change our lifestyle towards reducing plastic pollution in our country, especially from "single use plastics". The use of plastics is ever increasing in India and it poses a serious threat to marine life and the environment.

Deeply moved with these shocking figures, the United Nations Environment is concentrating on its ambitious goal named 'Beat Plastic Pollution'.

Speaking last week at the launch of the National Environment Week, Environment Minister Dr Vincent Biruta noted that, around the world, nearly 450 million tons of plastic is produced every year. "He said, the National mission on cleanliness and sanitation "Swachh Bharat Abhiyan" has special focus on plastic waste management". The Gujarat Pollution Control Board, despite criticism from the high court, is not equipped to deal with plastic pollution.

Following the launch of the "Plastic Bottle Free Initiative", the minister handed over tumblers to heads of departments and divisions to replace water bottles in the ministry.

He further explained that Egypt is committed to the 2030 strategic development plan for sustainable development to stop using plastic bags, remarking that several Arab and African countries have already done so. Now, measures are taken to encourage people to use alternative to plastic bags.

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