Plastic Pollution Kills 100,000 Marine Lives Yearly - AfDB

Minnie Murray
June 7, 2018

Badminton star Saina Nehwal posted: "The movement to beat plastic pollution is growing and I urge you to http://join.You can#BeatPlasticPollution by sharing a video or photo on this #WorldEnvironmentDay.I would like to challenge my friends to spread this initiative @parupallik @PRANNOYHSPRI @GuruSaiDutt1". To help reduce waste and fight climate change, the Government of Canada has taken significant steps and is planning important new measures to protect the environment and promote clean growth, here at home and overseas.

"Plastic pollution is particularly insidious because once plastics enter into the environment, they do not biodegrade, but simply break down into smaller pieces over time", says Minister Molewa. The report analyzes the complex relationships in our plastics economy and offers an approach to rethink how the world produces, uses and manages single-use plastics.

Akbaruddin said while the human civilisation has made all-round progress in controlling diseases and benefiting from technological marvels, the rapid change is also impacting the planet's environment in various ways, through over reliance on fossil fuels and unsustainable consumption and production patterns.

Dr Molewa has reiterated sentiment expressed during the Department's Budget Vote speech last month, that South Africa was committed to minimizing plastic pollution and that the DEA is looking at introducing a raft of measures to curb plastic pollution.

Reiterating his government's commitment to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: "Our national mission on cleanliness and sanitation - Swachh Bharat Abhiyan - has a special focus on "plastic waste management".

While plastic has many valuable uses, we have become over reliant on single-use or disposable plastic, with severe environmental consequences.

Officials from CRPF and ITBP have organized a programme "Run to Beat Plastic Pollution" There was an open invitation for all. According to MacArthur Foundation, there are over 150 million tonnes of plastic in the oceans at present, which means about 1 tonne of plastic for every three tonne of fish.

She noted the need to cut down on the volume of plastic generation on campus through the use of reuse plastic.

Every year, June 5 is observed as World Environment Day and people could adopt simpler things to reduce the planet's vulnerability.

Also, many people are promoting the use of cloth bags over plasting and also by planting trees.

Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan, UN Environment Director, industrialists, and many dignitaries participated in the program. He will also visit the exhibition set up on the occasion at the Rajpath lawns.

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