United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres underlined that plastic pollution must be dealt globally as microplastic particles in the ocean have increased tremendously. "After this reminder, I will start reviving that environment-friendly tradition", she vowed while receiving her fabric bag from one of the volunteers, who are pro-environment students of public and private sector universities.
"He said: "'#BeatPlasticPollution' is the motto of this year's World Environment Day.
He said in Ghana, the lack of clean drinking water, caused by pollution of most of the rivers and water sources, also exacerbated the problem of the use of plastic or sachet water, since most people in the country depended on sachet water for drinking.
The fight against plastic pollution demands a fundamental change in our attitude and behaviour towards plastics and the way we live our lives.
"It is estimated that the total volume of all plastics ever produced is about 8.3 billion metric tonnes, of this, about 6.3 billion metric tonnes is now waste-80 per cent of which are in landfills, and in the natural environment" he stated.
However, he said, per capita plastic consumption in India is lower than that in many parts of the developed world. The worst of the rubbish is clearly the non-biodegradable plastic and the city generates around 400 tonnes of it every day, according to the BBMP. Revealing that 10 major plastic manufacturing industries have been shut down, he says plastic continues to be in use only because there is no alternative to it present. "Refuse what you can't re-use".
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The theme "Plastic Pollution" will be at the Centre of celebrations around the planet.
On World Environment Day, Guterres is encouraging everyone to also stop using plastic products which are designed just to be thrown away, such as plastic bottles.
Actor Arjun Kapoor said:"It takes one small step to #BeatPlasticPollution!"
"The cooperation of states is necessary for starting a campaign against plastic pollution", Sharma said. "It's what we do with it".
It has to be mentioned that key results of the report show that government levies and bans, if correctly implemented, have been very effective in the battle against plastic overconsumption. He said, the choice that people will make today will define the collective future. The choices may not be easy.
In India, plastic has been found inside dead cows while a whale in Thailand died after consuming waste bags.
Despite having only a handful of resources, Sepa is doing its utmost to combat environmental issues, he said, elaborating that more needs to be done for the protection of the environment, which could only be achieved through a joint effort from all stakeholders and the masses. "This will inspire the world and ignite real change".