United Nations says world choking on plastic as environmental crisis grows

United Nations says world choking on plastic as environmental crisis grows

Forty-four years later, the theme for the World Environment Day 2018 is "Beat Plastic Pollution". "Most ends up in landfills, dumps or in the environment".

He said environmental degradation hurts the poor and vulnerable the most and asserted that it is the duty of every person to ensure that "the quest for material prosperity does not compromise our environment".

"It is to instil awareness on the importance of preserving the environment and support actions to do so that the Ministry of Development through the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation has launched the green initiative on the World Environment Day", he added.

While the "plastic menace" is the focus of recent efforts, India is also focused on other areas of environmental interest, including mainstreaming energy efficiency. I also invite Canadians to share their ideas on how we can move Canada toward zero plastic waste. While it took us almost 20 years to beat polio, it was only possible because the whole country was united against the cause.

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Disposable plasticDespite the many valuable uses of plastic, people everywhere have become over reliant on single-use or disposable plastic - with severe environmental consequences.

Speaking at this year's World Environment Day in Abuja, the CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele said the management of the CBN is "in the process of concluding the recycling of our polymer bank note wastes into everyday plastics uses such as flower pots, dustbins, etc". That accounts to around 1.95 kilogram of debris per individual, each day.

"Getting more people on board is the next step", Shah told CNN.

Akbaruddin said while the human civilisation has made all-round progress in controlling diseases and benefiting from technological marvels, the rapid change is also impacting the planet's environment in various ways, through over reliance on fossil fuels and unsustainable consumption and production patterns.

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India is the global host nation for the 43rd edition of this event. "India is preparing to join the clean seas campaign", Modi said.

In a country where 40% of the population defecates in the open, according to the World Bank, the government's campaign to build toilets and enforce strict fines for offenders has resulted in entire districts boasting of being "open defecation free". It noted the United States tosses out more than 33 million tons of plastic, of which less than 10 percent is recycled.

In drought-prone Cyprus, the president said Tuesday that he wants his country to play a coordinating role in the efforts of nations in the Mediterranean and Middle East to deal with climate change.

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