Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Plastic Pollution Kills 100,000 Marine Lives Yearly - AfDB

Like Living In Hell: Delhi Slum Drowning In Plastic Waste World Environment Day: 'Our world is swamped by plastic'
Velma Reese | 08 June, 2018, 12:28

"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.

World enviornment Day celebrated on June 5 every year is a platform for encouraging awareness and propagating the need for protecting the environment.

According to Cheema, most of these plastics eventually make their way into rivers, water channels and finally, into the oceans.

He said the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari attaches much importance to the development of nation's environment.

Critics charge that Japanese consumers and retailers use too much plastic, as a mania for elaborate packaging results in nearly everything being wrapped - even single pieces of fruit. "Every year, more than 8 million tonnes end up in the oceans", he said, adding that "microplastics in the seas now outnumber stars in our galaxy". "We want to foster a global movement where every individual, policy maker and business takes action against plastic pollution to protect our ecosystem", Qazilbash said.

Plastic packaging use was predicted to double by 2020 and quadruple by 2050, while globally, the level of recycling was only around 14 per cent, Hunter said. The United Nations has named India as the 2018, and their theme is "Beating Plastic Pollution".

"On the occasion of the World Environment Day, we declare a national campaign involving the official authorities, civil society organizations and categories of the people", he announced.

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Twelve local and global companies have made the commitment to change their packaging as part of World Environment Day. The use of plastics is ever increasing in India and it poses a serious threat to marine life and the environment.

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.

Just nine percent of the nine billion tonnes of plastic the world has ever produced has been recycled.

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.

Gujarat has no significant short- or long-term plan yet to "beat plastic pollution". "There was plastic all over the rails, that's a problem", he said, highlighting the "big need" to manage that. In our cities, plastic bags also choke drains, which results in flooding.

We must also expedite the mission of finding more natural alternatives to plastics that are environmental-friendly, sustainable, cost-effective and convenient.

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