Only India can help itself combat pollution: UN Environment head Erik Solheim

Katie Ramirez
June 8, 2018

The theme for World Environment Day is "Beat Plastic Pollution".

MicroplasticsIn a message for this year's World Environment Day, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres expressed serious concern saying "our world is swamped by harmful plastic waste".

This global outlook, developed in cooperation with the Indian government, presents case studies from more than 60 countries.

He further explained that Egypt is committed to the 2030 strategic development plan for sustainable development to stop using plastic bags, remarking that several Arab and African countries have already done so.

He said the Federal government is now working on a National Policy on Plastic Waste Management, to regulate the use and disposal of plastics in the country. Gujarat has no significant short- or long-term plan yet to "beat plastic pollution". Plastic isn't the problem.

Noting the impact of plastic on the environment, in 2011, the BBMP banned plastic bags of less than 40 microns in thickness and in May 2016 introduced a blanket ban on the sale and manufacture of all plastic barring those used by dairy products. But not much seems to have been learnt from that experience with SWDs in many parts of the city still used as a dumping ground for plastic and other waste of industries, malls and homes. While no single measure against pollution will be equally effective everywhere, the report outlines a set of universal steps for policymakers to tackle the issue in their communities.

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The figures were released today by Zero Waste Scotland, in coordination with World Environment Day (5 June 2018) - a global day which encourages awareness and action for the protection of the environment. Plastic in oceans is likely to outweigh fishes by 2050. "Of this plastic waste, an estimated 13 million tons enter the world's oceans each year".

"Our first danger is that of climate change".

"Within this period however, plastic has transformed everything from clothing, cooking, and catering to product design, engineering and retailing", due to its advantage of lasting for a long time, almost all the plastic ever produced, still exist in one form or the other today.

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.

He said that India is taking every action to fulfil its commitment and goal under the PA and SDGs.

Plastic clogging sewers - a major problem in Delhi and slums across the developing world - can spread disease or wind up in the stomachs of animals, the United Nations said.

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