Wednesday, 20 June, 2018


SL Sets to celebrate World Environmental Day

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
Kristine Garrett | 08 June, 2018, 07:42

Lauding Prime Minister Narendra Modi's achievements in the field of environment, he said that the worldwide community believes that India will achieve its pre-2020 or COP21 targets before time.

"The spread of 180,000 tons of plastic materials. rings alarm bells", he noted.

The Vice President pushed for the plastic ban, saying: "Let us take a pledge to "Beat Plastic Pollution", the theme of the World Environment Day today. If present trends continue, by 2050 our oceans will have more plastic than fish", he said. "Refuse what you can't re-use".

On World Environment Day 2018, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has a simple message: "Reject single-use plastic".

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

For decades, official and popular efforts in Sudan have failed to find means to keep the environmental balance, curb up desert encroachment and lessen impact of drought waves. Make this planet greener, plant trees and ban plastic. Estimates predict that the manufacturers will generate around three hundred and sixty million tonnes of the plastic this year itself. 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.

The Pope marked World Environment Day, Tuesday, tweeting a prayer: "Lord, reawaken in us a sense of praise and gratitude for our Earth, and for everything you have created".

We must also expedite the mission of finding more natural alternatives to plastics that are environmental-friendly, sustainable, cost-effective and convenient.

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. The Union Ministry of Environ ment, Forest and Climate Change (MOEFCC) has approved a slew of regulatory measures and launched awareness programmes to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic. The scale of the problem can perhaps best be seen in the number of plastic bottles we use: globally, almost a million plastic beverage bottles are sold every minute. The theme for this year is "Beat Plastic Pollution".

He said in Ghana, the lack of clean drinking water, caused by pollution of most of the rivers and water sources, also exacerbated the problem of the use of plastic or sachet water, since most people in the country depended on sachet water for drinking.

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