Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Host Nation India Focuses On 'Beat Plastic Pollution' Theme

Host Nation India Focuses On 'Beat Plastic Pollution' Theme

Mr Modi reiterated the Government's commitment for sustainable development.

Plastic, which is rampantly polluting our water bodies, harming marine life and posing a threat to human health, has been one of the major concerns of environmental bodies this year.

Speaking at the state environment ministers' conference here, he said that an emotional attachment with the environment is imperative for its preservation.

"Our motto is more crop, per drop", he added.

Protection of water was also important, he advised the people to take measures to enhance groundwater by constructing pits in their houses.

The Prime Minister said, Government aims to provide electricity connection to every household, which will further reduce dependence on environmentally degrading forms of fuel. "India is preparing to join the clean seas campaign", Modi said.

He said, India have a robust National Biodiversity Strategy and with just 2.4 percent of the world's land area, India supports seven to eight percent of the recorded species diversity.

India produces more than 62 million tonnes of plastic waste every year, according to local reports, of which only 43 million tonnes is collected. Increasing green cover is one of the most practical ways of countering the dangers of rising dioxin resulting from burning plastic wastes.

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"India is the fastest-growing economy in the world today".

The UN Environment Program (UNEP) released on Tuesday the first comprehensive global assessment of government action against plastic pollution, and also offered a roadmap for policymakers worldwide.

New Delhi has tried repeatedly over the past decade to ban the use of thin plastic bags, most recently announcing a heavy fine for rule-breakers.

Coca-Cola sustainability manager South Pacific Sarah Prestwood said the seven-year timeframe in shifting to recyclable packaging was due to it being a complex task.

India has set an example on the world stage by committing to beat plastic pollution and showcased best practices and innovations to overcome the challenge, a senior United Nations official has said.

President of the Management of Independent CBSE Schools Association (MICSA), M. Srinivasan says several schools will take a number of initiatives on the occasion of World Environment Day.

It will also feature an exhibition on alternatives to plastic and materials made from recycled plastics to highlight innovations in the country's recycling industry and awarding winners of a school environmental competition.

The issue of plastic pollution in the world's oceans has soared up the agenda following the BBC's Blue Planet II and campaigns by many organisations, with two-thirds of people (67%) more concerned than a year ago, the poll found.

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