Alia Bhatt, Arjun Kapoor, Aditi Rao Hydari campaign for the #BeatPlasticPollution cause

06 June, 2018, 09:11 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • World Environment Day 2018 India is the global host this year and the theme is Beat Plastic Pollution

The slogan on the sign: "Beat Plastic Pollution - If you can't reuse it, refuse it".

Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi will address the global celebrations of World Environment Day 2018at New Delhi tomorrow. Some 800 participants attended Tuesday's event in Bangkok, which was organised by the Department of Environmental Quality. To go with 2018's theme, the plastic wrapping of the magazine in India, UK and the U.S. editions has been eliminated from June onwards.

At a recycling plant outside Tokyo, workers in face masks pick through an unending torrent of plastic rubbish, fueled by a national obsession with pristine packaging - and famously strict rules that ensure much of it is reclaimed and reused.

"There is even evidence that plastic waste threatens soil fertility".

"We make a solemn pledge that we will eliminate all single-use plastics from our country", said Union environment minister Harsh Vardhan while referring to PM Modi's idea of 'New India' by 2022.

Sharing her concerns about the use of plastics, Alia Bhatt urged everyone to use steel bottles in place of those made of plastic.

It will also talk with the Ministry of Finance to see how business operators can cash in by developing more eco-friendly alternatives for use at local markets, he added.

Discarded plastic is one of the biggest environmental threats facing the planet, the United Nations said in a report on Tuesday to mark World Environment Day.

The report notes that by some estimates, as many as 5 trillion plastic bags are used worldwide every year. But if we have an army of volunteers it would take us less than 20 years to eradicate single-use plastic from India. Thais use eight each a day or 8.7 in Bangkok, figures show. Around 13 million tonnes seeps into the sea.

He called for a law ordering department stores to charge their customers for plastic bags, as is the case in Taiwan and Europe.



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