'Beat Plastic Pollution', the theme for World Environment Day 2018

07 June, 2018, 11:34 | Author: Sheila Harris
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The 2018 edition of World Environment Day, celebrated by the United Nations every June 5, is focusing on this issue with the slogan: "Beat Plastic Pollution: If You Can't Reuse it, Refuse It".

Addressing the beneficiaries, Prime Minister said that the last 4 years, Government has taken a mission mode approach towards providing housing for all.

Prof Frimpong-Boateng said Ghana was taking various measures in dealing with the plastic waste menace, announcing that the country, was developing a policy was to guide the use of plastics, and that would be heralded by an environmental education and awareness creation among the citizenry.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on the world Tuesday to do more to tackle plastic pollution and other environmental issues. I've replaced using plastic bottles with a metal one.

Environmentalists have warned that plastic wastes can persist in the environment for almost a thousand years before they fully disintegrate.

The Minister said rapid urbanisation and economic development in numerous developing countries, had led to increase plastic use and plastic pollution, saying there were more plastics in the ocean now.

"This World Environment Day I'd like to ask people to do what they can to reduce their own use of single use plastic, by reusing what they can and recycling when reuse is not possible".

In the meantime, apart from the plastic pollution, Sudan is facing other environment issues, top of them desertification or desert encroachment.

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In a message, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres urged all people to reject single-use plastic items, and warned that growing levels of plastic waste were becoming unmanageable, saying "every year, more than eight million tons end up in the oceans".

THE Ministry of Development (MoD) launched the "Plastic Bottle Free Initiative" in conjunction with the World Environment Day celebration yesterday, making it the first government agency in the country to implement the green practice.

Plastic pollution is the theme of this year's World Environment Day. But elsewhere things haven't gone so well.

It is estimated that over 20 million plastic bottles are littered in Scotland each year and that approximately 120,000 tonnes of plastic packaging waste is produced from households in Scotland each year, according to Zero Waste Scotland.

"This survey is one phase of a sustained plastic reduction campaign, not just a flash in the pan". Plastic pollution is affecting even remote areas of the planet, including the Artic.

"We need to come together and raise our voices against the use of plastic".

The event also saw Acting Director of Environment, Parks and Recreation Martinah binti Haji Tamit delivering a speech in which she touched on the theme "Beat Plastic Pollution".

We're calling on every plastic manufacturer to take responsibility for their products polluting the environment today and make immediate investments in sustainable designs for tomorrow.

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