Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

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

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

Together lets beat plastic pollution.

When Parmar was asked if the Gujarat government planned to ban plastic, he said: "The issue needs careful consideration and we can not announce a plastic ban abruptly".

Today, plastic poses one of the greatest threats to our natural environment all the more so because it is both cheap and easily available.

Highlighting the menace posed by plastic, he had said that 25,940 tonnes of plastic waste is generated every day in the country with 40 per cent of plastic waste being uncollected, and 60 million tonnes of solid waste is generated in one year.

Prime Minister said development should not come at the cost of the environment. He said, India is already the 5th largest producer of Solar energy in the World and it is also the 6th largest producer of renewable energy in the World.

"Our motto is more crop, per drop", he added.

Modi also took to Twitter to greet the people.

But a report from UN Environment on plastics finds "surging momentum" for action to curb plastic pollution, and sets out ways to tackle the problem - pointing out that government levies and bans have been the best way to limit overuse of disposable plastic products. He said, India is reducing its dependence on fossil fuels and it is switching sources of fuel where possible. India and several countries of the world have successfully formed the global solar alliance. We have launched the Namami Gange initiative. He said, India will soon revive the Ganga, its most precious river. It's the drive towards a green and circular economy that will inspire the world.

Nubi urged the staff and students to pledge to keep to the habit of refusing single use plastic in line with worldwide global practice and this year's world environment day: "Beat Plastic Pollution".

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

Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan, UN Environment Director, industrialists, and many dignitaries participated in the program.

Coca-Cola sustainability manager South Pacific Sarah Prestwood said the seven-year timeframe in shifting to recyclable packaging was due to it being a complex task.

Plastic waste slowly degrades over time and breaks into smaller pieces called micro-plastic, which usually end up in the oceans and from there, potentially enter the food chain. Five industry leaders also took environment protection pledges at the plenary session. The big day is meant to raise awareness about protecting the environment against hazardous things and human activities.

December 1972, and was first celebrated in 1974 with a view to deepening environmental awareness and address concerns such as the depletion of the ozone layer, toxic chemicals, desertification and global warming.

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