United Nations says world choking on plastic as environmental crisis grows

Taimur Nagar is one of many slums in Delhi and countless other cities struggling to cope with waste

Taimur Nagar is one of many slums in Delhi and countless other cities struggling to cope with waste

"Today, we announced the appointment of Patricia Fuller as Canada's new Ambassador for Climate Change to help advance Canada's clean growth and climate change priorities on the world stage. Let us all join together to beat plastic pollution and make this planet a better place to live". Not much is known about their long-term environmental impact, but these tiny plastic particles can evade water filtration systems and end up in our lakes, posing a threat to aquatic life.

He added that the corporation would henceforth employ the "principle of the 3Rs - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle - to achieve goal zero of no-harm to people and no harm to environment throughout its operations".

With plastic making up 10% of the total waste generated, half of it used is disposable or single-use.

"Additionally, the organization has pledged to reduce its usage of single-use plastic for all its production shoots in India, as well as across its offices in the country".

According to Cheema, most of these plastics eventually make their way into rivers, water channels and finally, into the oceans.

Among the programs organized on World Environment Day in the capital, Sadguru, UN Environment director and Brand Ambassador Dia Mirza launched a campaign in Central Park to stop the use of plastics.

He said India was his choice to host this year's "World Environment Day" due to a variety of reasons, including its vast population and fast economic growth. This year it is India.

People are being urged to take a photo of the plastic-packaged products they are giving up for One Plastic Free Day and share it on social media, saying why they have been inspired to #PassOnPlastic.

Sade Nubi, a Senior Environmental Engineer with the Department of Works and Physical Planning, said that the event involved a walk for the environment and a presentation on beating plastic pollution on campus.

State Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said a comprehensive scheme would be prepared to replace the plastic goods in the state, especially the polythene bags.

Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation said the country would not rush to ban plastic materials now but would wait to develop the Policy that would give proper direction on how to educate the populace and putting measures in turning plastic waste to resources and value addition. Are you with me to try every bit to eliminate all single use plastic from our world? In 2008, Rwanda became one of the first African countries to impose a complete ban on thin plastic bags as part of its Vision 2020 plan for sustainability.

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