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United Nations presents first global outlook against plastic pollution

United Nations presents first global outlook against plastic pollution

Meanwhile, Environment Day was also celebrated in National Thermal Power Corporation with the pledge to "Beat Plastic Pollution", which is the theme for this year's World Environment Day.

New Zealand-based businesses that signed the NZ Plastic Packaging Declaration are Foodstuffs, Countdown, New Zealand Post and Frucor Suntory. "We took the decision four years ago after we saw the drains in our society being clogged up during rain", he added.

Biruta was speaking while closing the "Beat Plastic Pollution Walk" held in Kigali during the Kigali Car Free Day on Sunday.

There is absolutely no doubt to say that we are on the cutting edge of global plastic calamity.

"Our oceans have been used as a dumping ground, choking marine life and transforming some marine areas into a plastic soup", said Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment, in the report released in New Delhi. "Here in my office, we are abolishing the use of single use plastic bottles for water". While we really appreciate the steps undertaken by Pakistan Navy to reduce plastic pollution, other organisations and industries also need to join the effort to make our environment totally clean from such hazardous waste. This has also become imperative in view of the fact that plastic products make up 10 per cent of the total wastes generated, with more than half of them in single use.




In-line with the global theme of "Beating Plastic Pollution", Hyundai's initiatives will focus on reducing the usage of plastics at its manufacturing plant in Sriperumbudur near Chennai and across all its 493 Hyundai Dealerships and 1309 Service Workshops.

Setting up an example for everyone on World Environment Day, a family from Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district has shun plastic bags to keep the planet clean and green.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today stressed the need to ensure that the quest for material prosperity does not compromise the environment and said India's experience shows that development may not come at the cost of its green assets.

Plastics contain a number of chemicals, many of which are toxic or disrupt hormones. The global campaign of the U.N.to create awareness and urge companies, NGO's, communities and governments to tackle this heavy burden was highlighted on June 5 with the launch of a report from UN Environment.

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 attractive scenic places, but destroyed by plastic pollution". "This will inspire the world and ignite real change".


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