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United Nations chief: Oceans will have more plastic than fish by 2050

United Nations chief: Oceans will have more plastic than fish by 2050

Some 150 million tonnes of plastic litter the seas across the world and 8 million more are added every year, largely as a result of the world's addiction to disposable and single-use goods.

This year, India is the global host of the Wednesday in collaboration with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) with "Beat Plastic Pollution" as its theme.

The Indian state of Tamil Nadu announced Tuesday it would ban the use of plastic items, including nonbiodegradable plastic bags, starting in January.

"Implement the Extended Producer Responsibility programme where manufacturers must be held to account for the entire lifecycle of their consumer products", the statement read. In accordance, this year's theme is "Beating Plastic Pollution", for which we are exploring green alternatives to reduce the usage of plastics across all our offices, dealers and service networks. I've replaced using plastic bottles with a metal one. According to the United Nations, the world uses up to 5 billion plastic bags each year.

We might create plastic pollution, but if we work together, we can help end it, too.

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. He praised India for its growing focus on environmental protection but also noted that while traveling in the country he'd seen "some of the most lovely scenic places, but destroyed by plastic pollution". The longevity of plastics, considered its greatest advantage, has today become the source of the biggest threat to our planet.




During the week-long drive, people would be shown the micro compost process to make fertilisers and demonstrations would be organised in the use of shredding machines to dispose of plastic waste among other things, it said.

He said it would still be hard for Ghana to ban plastic now and the country needed a policy and a legislative instrument for guidance and stress on education, and turning plastic waste to resources and value addition. Our world is swamped by harmful plastic waste.

Knowledge is power. A person is more likely to conserve the environment when he or she is made aware of the dangers of not doing so.

But there are signs of action to limit plastic pollution, which harms life in the oceans, contaminates soils and releases toxic chemicals when burnt.

This is the message from Minister of Environmental Affairs Dr Edna Molewa as the global community marks World Environment Day (WED).

"It is estimated that the total volume of all plastics ever produced is about 8.3 billion metric tonnes, of this, about 6.3 billion metric tonnes is now waste-80 per cent of which are in landfills, and in the natural environment" he stated.


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