Activists, students and volunteers mark World Environment Day

Posted June 07, 2018

"While plastic has many valuable uses, we have become over-reliant on single-use or disposable plastic - with severe environmental consequences", the United Nations said in a statement on Tuesday. Another calculation suggests that there are 51 trillion micro-plastic particles floating around. More than 500 saplings were planted on the occasion.

Around the world, 1 million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute. It's everywhere. In our oceans, on land, in the air, in space; it seems inescapable.

Countdown also announced it will phase out plastic straws this year.

Plastic pollution is one of the greatest threats to our planet's ecosystems today. Resistant to the natural processes of biological degradation, it is believed that almost all the plastic ever created still exists in some form today. "This plastic waste is often thrown away in the rivers, seas, and oceans, and contributes to fill ocean bottoms or float on the water surface".

Media.net, an advertising technology company found by Divyankh Turakhia, a serial internet entrepreneur, observed a huge drop in dry waste accumulation by merely replacing plastic plates with steel plates. We are staring at a global catastrophe.

This will not only help the health of humans but will largely affect the animal lives too. "It's about being less wasteful, being smarter in how we design and use products, and protecting our own nations and also our common oceans", Solheim said. Make this planet greener, plant trees and ban plastic. It is only then that we can unite to eradicate the plastic pollution that prevails in the society. Our ongoing drives to conserve and revive water bodies are addressing the pressing problem of clogging by plastic wastes.

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Cleaning up our environment and reducing plastics use is possible, we just need to consciously and deliberately take action. However, when you compare the plastic production with the growing market demands, it is expected that till the time we reach 2025, the plastic production might reach the five hundred million tonnes figure. However, it should not have had to come to this, as every resident of every country should consider it his/her duty to heed the UN's appeal to "reject single-use plastics" and "refuse what you can't re-use". The day reminds us that living sustainable is all about doing more with less.

"Getting more people on board is the next step", Shah told CNN. In fact, ancient cultures all over the world have exhibited a similar deep respect for Nature.

The report, with its release timed for U.N. World Environment Day, noted that rules limiting the use of plastic bags had decreased their use in places such as Morocco, Rwanda and parts of China, sometimes significantly.

The annual average per capita consumption of plastic in India is at 11 kg as against global average of 28 kg.

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.