United Nations presents first global outlook against plastic pollution

Cesar Mills
June 8, 2018

DENR Undersecretary Jonas Leones said the use of plastic can be devastating for marine biodiversity.

Forty-four years later, the theme for the World Environment Day 2018 is "Beat Plastic Pollution". Plastic in oceans is likely to outweigh fishes by 2050.

Knowledge is power. A person is more likely to conserve the environment when he or she is made aware of the dangers of not doing so.

The United Nations warns that 360 million tonnes of plastic is produced each year, and levels are set to nearly double to 619 million tonnes by 2030, with cigarette butts, drinks bottles and caps and food wrappers the most common single-use plastics.

"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.

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In-line with the global theme of "Beating Plastic Pollution", Hyundai's initiatives will focus on reducing the usage of plastics at its manufacturing plant in Sriperumbudur near Chennai and across all its 493 Hyundai Dealerships and 1309 Service Workshops.

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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"He said: "'#BeatPlasticPollution' is the motto of this year's World Environment Day.

"Raise awareness and enlighten the public about the effect of plastics, especially the single use/disposable ones on the environment and human health".

Brigadier (retd) Tariq from Engro spoke about the impacts of plastic pollution in daily life.

It was only yesterday when Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India will eliminate all single-use plastic in the country by 2022.

The state government, to mark World Environment Day tomorrow, will also hold a week-long environment and cleanliness drive by educating people in 100 villages, spread across 15 districts, on plastic waste recycling, a release said.

Worryingly, studies have also shown that all drinking water in the world now has plastic particles in it.

They said: "While we call on government to take necessary action against plastics pollution, there are so many things that we can do as individuals". "We want everyone to remember our message if you can't reuse it, refuse it and carry reusable shopping bags", Fiza concluded.

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

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