India will abolish all single-use plastic by 2022, vows Narendra Modi

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Forty-four years later, the theme for the World Environment Day 2018 is "Beat Plastic Pollution".

The World Environment Day was first introduced by the United Nations in 1974 and since then it has developed into a global platform for raising awareness and taking action on urgent issues from marine pollution and global warming to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime.

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Today, plastic poses one of the greatest threats to our natural environment all the more so because it is both cheap and easily available. Currently, all plastic bags used in Rwanda are biodegradable. "If present trends continue, by 2050", Guterres warned, "our oceans will have more plastic than fish". Media reports about tons of plastic polluting our seas and oceans are frequent.

Sepa Director Waqar Hussain Phulpoto was the chief guest at the occasion. "Plastic materials contain a number of toxic chemicals that can endanger the environment, wildlife and human life".

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He said the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari attaches much importance to the development of nation's environment.

Thirty percent of countries found sharp drops in plastic bag consumption in the first year after imposing restrictions, while 20 percent saw little or no change.

Dr Nuzhat from the National Institute of Oceanography talked in detail about how one can use trash as a commodity.

He said there is an urgent need to improve waste management processes and scale up the search for alternatives.

The commitment to make plastic packaging recyclable and compostable would do little to turn the tide on plastic pollution, she said. Pandya said that the government needs to think of the state's future and switch to non-plastic packing.

He said that pollution check can not bring out results from state government and Centre, but it also requires effort of the people to come forward and spreading awareness about it.

"The scourge of plastic has reached every corner of the Earth", Erik Solheim, head of U.N. Environment, wrote in the report, compiled with the Indian government and launched along with a slogan: "If you can't reuse it, refuse it".

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