"Signing the declaration is a significant and important step towards reducing the amount of plastic that we produce and helping end plastic pollution". 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.
The world is finally waking up to the issues of climate change and global warming, and massive efforts are being undertaken to protect the environment.
A family member said, "We have been hearing about all the adverse affects of plastic, so we decided that we will make it a habit to not use it".
"This World Environment Day I'd like to ask people to do what they can to reduce their own use of single use plastic, by reusing what they can and recycling when reuse is not possible".
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Also speaking, Prof Emmanuel Nzegbulam, the Dean of College of Natural Resources and Environmental Management of the university said that the dangers of continued use of plastics ought not to be over-looked.
He said "several countries such as Eritrea, China, Rwanda, Mauritania, Morocco and Kenya have outlawed the use of plastic bags; while England, Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland, South Africa, among others have placed a fee on the use of plastic bags".
As part of the initiative, the Ministry of Environment has launched a public advertisement campaign to raise awareness on the hazard of plastic bags.
In 1974 the first World Environment Day was held with the theme "Only One Earth".
"Plastic pollution is now entering our food chain".
Government bans on plastic can be effective in cutting back on waste, but poor follow-through has left many such bans ineffective, the United Nations said in a report Tuesday.
Sade Nubi, a Senior Environmental Engineer with the Department of Works and Physical Planning, said that the event involved a walk for the environment and a presentation on beating plastic pollution on campus. The projections being worked out now indicates that there will be a gradual increase in the global plastic production in the upcoming ten to fifteen years.