'Our world is swamped by plastic'


A new report from UN Environment, named "Single-use Plastics: A roadmap for Sustainability", was released yesterday in New Delhi by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Head of UN Environment Erik Solheim on the occasion of World Environment Day. It's the drive towards a green and circular economy that will inspire the world. He said, India will soon revive the Ganga, its most precious river. He said, it was the duty of everyone that the material prosperity does not compromise on the environment.

Less than a 10th of all the plastic ever made has been recycled, and governments should consider banning or taxing single-use bags or food containers to stem a tide of pollution, a United Nations report says. Events began Friday, with high-profile Indian politicians speaking out on the increasing damage plastics are doing to the environment and the country's beaches.

There is a rubbish truck full of plastic entering our oceans every minute, with plastic packaging use predicted to double by 2020 and quadruple by 2050, while globally, the level of recycling is only around 14% - it's clear we can not recycle our way out of this problem. The theme for this year is "Beat Plastic Pollution".

"Some 25,000 tonnes of plastic pollution is generated in the country every year of which only 60 per cent is processed while rest 40 per cent is pure litter..."

Since it was first celebrated in 1974, the Day has helped raise awareness and generate political momentum around global environmental concerns such as ozone depletion, desertification and global warming.

Lawyer and activist Afroz Shah has launched one of the most popular initiatives to clean up plastics on India's beaches.

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Shah moved into an apartment overlooking a beach in Mumbai. Through a global volunteer network, we have till date planted 71 million trees in India and across the world. "How can we reach 5 million?" "There was plastic all over the rails, that's a problem", he said, highlighting the "big need" to manage that.

"Signing the declaration is a significant and important step towards reducing the amount of plastic that we produce and helping end plastic pollution".

Through the case studies researchers found that targeted levies and bans, where properly planned and enforced, have been among the most effective strategies to limit overuse of disposable plastic products.

Mr Modi said, Government's Make in India campaign has focus on zero defect and zero effect manufacturing which means manufacturing without defect and which does not harm the environment.

More than 73 million toilets have been built across the country, according to the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.