India committed to cut 35% carbon emission by 2030: PM Modi

Cristina Cross
June 8, 2018

The UN said more than 60 countries had introduced bans and levies on single-use plastic items like bags.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 2018 World Environmental Day celebration with the theme "Beat Plastic Pollution" featured lectures drama presentation and tree planting.

The University of Lagos has appealed to Lagos residents to reduce the use of plastic to protect the environment from further degradation.

"Implement the Extended Producer Responsibility programme where manufacturers must be held to account for the entire lifecycle of their consumer products", the statement read.

The ministry also announced that it will no longer use disposable plastics and has since installed water dispensers to replace bottles with glasses and cups in offices and meetings in bid to improve plastic recycling and reduce plastic waste.

There is no denying the negative impact plastic pollution is having on our environment, wildlife and humanity. Prime Minister made a fervent appeal for the world to work unitedly in eliminating plastic pollution.

The Secretary-General is participating in the #BeatPlasticPollution challenge, in which users pledged to replace single-use plastics with reusable alternatives.

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According to statistics released by United Nations, one million plastic bottle drinks are bought every 60 seconds globally.

Every year, the World Environment Day follows a theme to highlight any one of the major environmental concerns and is hosted by a different country every year.

Today, World Environment Day, 12 local and worldwide businesses signed a declaration to tackle plastic pollution by committing to using 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging in their New Zealand operations by 2025 or earlier, as part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's New Plastics Economy initiative.

With the United States working on its way to quit the historic Paris Climate Agreement, Solheim says it's just the right time for India and China - among the world's top polluters - to lead the world in the war against climate change and pollution.

Today, plastic poses one of the greatest threats to our natural environment all the more so because it is both cheap and easily available. "Worse, a lot of it is non-biodegradable", he said adding that "Clean India Mission" has a special focus on "plastic waste management".

India produces over 62 million tonnes of solid waste every year, of which only 43 million tonnes is collected, only 12 million tonnes treated and the rest dumped.

New data from waste and brand audits conducted in five Philippine cities confirm results of earlier coastal clean-up audits that multinational brands are the country's top sources of plastic pollution.

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