Choices made today will define collective future: PM on Environment Day

A sweeping look over Taimur Nagar underlines the challenges the country faces with its waste

"Our experience says development can be environment friendly", he said.

U.N. Environment also released a report Tuesday detailing global efforts to combat plastic pollution, including bans on styrofoam and non-biodegradable plastic bags.

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad emphasised on raising awareness for "a cleaner and greener environment that can lead us to sustainable development". As a result, he said the committee of governors will be making very serious considerations and alternatives to plastic.

"Fifteen thousand tonnes of plastic waste is generated every day, 9,000 tonnes is collected and recycled, but 6,000 tonnes of plastic waste is not collected and remain littered", Javadekar said.

Over 1000 school and college students and common public took part in a mini marathon run, popularly known as Envithon, here today to create awareness against the use of plastic for protecting the eco-system. Dumping garbage in the ocean is affecting aquatic life which will affect us in the future.

After chairing a meeting of environmental experts and top government officials on the topic, President Nicos Anastasiades said in a statement that he gave instructions for Cyprus to play a bigger role in a part of the world that's particularly susceptible to climate change. While it took us almost 20 years to beat polio, it was only possible because the whole country was united against the cause.

Darebin City Council is hosting free screenings of two short films that explore the impact of plastic pollution on our oceans to mark World Environment Day on Thursday 7 June.

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"Together, we can chart a path to a cleaner, greener world", concluded the Secretary-General.

"Refuse what you can't re-use", he asserted.

Pawin Talerngsri, a member of the national reform committee on natural resources and the environment, said more legal measures are needed to reduce plastic waste.

According to statistics released by United Nations, one million plastic bottle drinks are bought every 60 seconds globally.

"Plastics can not be recycled nor transformed".

At the same time, five trillion of plastic bags are produced globally and they eventually end up at landfills, polluting the ground water, surface water and the entire environment.

"We also recognise the need to tackle the issue of water availability, which is becoming a major challenge in India, which is why we have launched the massive Namami Gange initiative. In order to create value for plastics we need to look at feasible buy-back schemes, better support of private sector recycling initiatives and innovative ways to incorporate the informal sector into the value chain", she said.

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