PM Modi to address World Environment Day event tomorrow

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"Refuse what you can't re-use".

Today, World Environment Day, 12 local and global businesses signed a declaration to tackle plastic pollution by committing to using 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging in their New Zealand operations by 2025 or earlier, as part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's New Plastics Economy initiative. Currently, all plastic bags used in Rwanda are biodegradable.

But there needs to be broader work with businesses to extend the responsibility of producers for their waste, and to create incentives for a more sustainable approach to plastic production and consumption.

Cimatu said the easiest and best way to reduce plastic waste is to use reusable alternatives such as eco-friendly tumblers and eco-bags.

Globally, eight million tonnes of plastic is dumped into the ocean every year, killing marine life and entering the human food chain, according to the UN Environment Programme.

He said India was his choice to host this year's "World Environment Day" due to a variety of reasons, including its vast population and fast economic growth.

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During the week-long drive, people would be shown the micro compost process to make fertilisers and demonstrations would be organised in the use of shredding machines to dispose of plastic waste among other things, it said. Common environmental issues include air and water pollution, loss of biodiversity and climate change.

The above initiative by India is the most ambitious one, which is meant to tackle plastic pollution, compared to the actions announced by 60 world counties.

The Minister said rapid urbanisation and economic development in numerous developing countries, had led to increase plastic use and plastic pollution, saying there were more plastics in the ocean now. The theme for this year is "Beat Plastic Pollution". Plastic in oceans is likely to outweigh fishes by 2050.

Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage said the commitment is a significant step towards helping end plastic pollution. We are staring at a global catastrophe. He had also urged people to shun plastic to protect the environment. "These disposable plastics are known as "single use" plastics".

Gujarat's minister of state for environment reportedly opposes the ban on plastic as most industries that depend on it operate from his assembly constituency of Halol.

He said the Federal government is now working on a National Policy on Plastic Waste Management, to regulate the use and disposal of plastics in the country.

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