Host Nation India Focuses On 'Beat Plastic Pollution' Theme

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Minister of Environment Khaled Fahmy said the ministry launched in 2017 a new national initiative to reduce the consumption of plastic bags, and use biodegradable bags as well as long term bags.

The event also saw Acting Director of Environment, Parks and Recreation Martinah binti Haji Tamit delivering a speech in which she touched on the theme "Beat Plastic Pollution".

The event emphasised the role of schools, colleges and universities in protecting nature and environment as well as beating plastic pollution, stated another official release.

On Tuesday, the nations celebrated World Environment Day, with India being the host country.

Setting up an example for everyone on World Environment Day, a family from Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district has shun plastic bags to keep the planet clean and green.

The United Nations warns that 360 million tonnes of plastic is produced each year, and levels are set to nearly double to 619 million tonnes by 2030, with cigarette butts, drinks bottles and caps and food wrappers the most common single-use plastics.

They urged individuals to reject plastic cutlery, pick-up any plastic they see while on a walk and create awareness on the dangers of plastics pollution among friends and family.

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Highlighting the theme, "It Takes a Nation to Beat Plastic Pollution", the minister said that "with strong support from all parties, the initiative will succeed in raising public awareness in addressing the use and disposal of plastic bottles". And one out of five plastic bottles is recycled.

"About100,000 marine animals are killed by plastics and 83 per cent of tap water are found to contain plastic particles". Fighting plastics should not be understood as a way to interrupt businesses for some but ensure health security of the world community; we need everyone's contribution to beat plastic pollution. Doing away with plastic is hard, given their use virtually across every segment-electronics, transportation, construction, textiles.

A family member said, "We have been hearing about all the adverse affects of plastic, so we decided that we will make it a habit to not use it".

With an objective to curb the plastic menace, distribution of jute bag was started on the occasion, which would subsequently cover all employees.

One of such alternatives he said would be encouraging the use of paper bags as alternatives to plastic bags.

"The plastic waste our modern consumer societies produce is having a calamitous impact on eco-systems all over the planet, and nowhere is this impact more pronounced than in our oceans".

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