Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Environment Day a mission for India: Vardhan

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The UN chief said the world must unite to "beat plastic pollution" now, noting that microplastic particles in the ocean, "now outnumber stars in our galaxy".

He said India was his choice to host this year's "World Environment Day" due to a variety of reasons, including its vast population and fast economic growth.

This global outlook, developed in cooperation with the Indian government, presents case studies from more than 60 countries.

Although big eatery chains like McDonalds and Kentucky Fried Chicken stopped using plastic straws a couple of years ago following the ban, small eateries and hawkers continue using polybags, prompting conservationists to point accusing fingers at the BBMP for failing to effectively implement it in the city.

Earlier, Prof Francis Otunta, the Vice-chancellor of MOUAU, said that Nigeria had become over-reliant on the use of plastics for packaging. "I very fondly remember that in my childhood we used to carry bags made of cloth when going to the market for buying groceries", said Fatima Rehman, 38, a housewife. Plastic isn't the problem.

For more than a decade, Rwanda has raised awareness about the benefits of life without plastic bags to maintain a clean and healthy environment.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres urged everybody to stop using single-use plastics which have reached astronomical numbers. While no single measure against pollution will be equally effective everywhere, the report outlines a set of universal steps for policymakers to tackle the issue in their communities.

Trio of New ISS Astronauts Blast off to International Space Station
It may, but most Americans still believe NASA's role will be vital in the future. "All of them have come back to Earth", he said. As for NASA, after the retiring of the Space Shuttle , it launched zero manned missions from U.S soil and using US technology.

Almost one third of used plastic packaging escapes collection systems, which means it ends up clogging the world's city streets and polluting the natural environment.

The Departments of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and Trade and Industry (DTI) as well as the DTI agencies, the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) and the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) as well as National Treasury will shortly be reviewing the implementation and impact of our country's plastic bag policies.

"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. This theme requires all of us to consider and change our lifestyle towards reducing plastic pollution in our country, especially from "single use plastics".

About eight million tonnes of plastic waste are dumped into the world's oceans every year, the equivalent of one garbage truck of plastic being tipped into the sea every minute of every day.

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

Plastic litters beaches, blocks drains and harms wildlife, with an estimated 100,000 marine animals killed each year, as well as turning up in food and is found in 90% of bottled water.

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