Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on World Environment Day

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on World Environment Day

"Plastic packaging accounts for all plastic waste, which is all single use", adding his ministry hopes to eliminate it by 2022.

Wijarn Simachaya, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, said government offices should serve as role models for businesses and the public by leading by example and creating public awareness of how changing patterns of behaviour and consumption can easily lessen our reliance on plastics. All of us have a collective responsibility towards this.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Jitendra Singh said that celebration of World Environment Day was an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to the cause of protection of environment.

A good deed for the day.

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According to him, eight of the plastic waste recycling plants have been completed and handed over to the states, while 18 others were in various stages of completion. Estimates predict that the manufacturers will generate around three hundred and sixty million tonnes of the plastic this year itself.

Pointing out the astonishing comparison between stars in the cosmos and ocean plastics, Guterres underscored that "from remote islands, to the Artic, nowhere is untouched". Single use or disposable plastics are used only once before they are thrown away or recycled.

"Refuse what you can't re-use", he asserted.

In Nigeria, this year's World Environment Day must still pay adequate attention to the devastating effect of oil spillage in the littoral Niger Delta region, erosion in the South and desertification in the North on our environment. "Pollution is not just man-made but also made in the mind, and if you become aware of the problem, only then you can start reducing it", said Sri Sri. Once in the environment, it enters our food chain where, increasingly, microplastic particles are turning up in our own stomachs, blood and lungs.

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Akbaruddin warned that the scale and urgency of the problem were increasing by the day and success can only be achieved by raising awareness and taking action across the world.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that India was committed to reduce 33 to 35 percent of the emissions intensity of its GDP by 2030.

Plastic litters beaches, blocks drains and harms wildlife, with an estimated 100,000 marine animals killed each year, as well as turning up in food and is found in 90% of bottled water.

"There is even evidence that plastic waste threatens soil fertility. They are part of growing stream of environmental consciousness being reflected in parts of our civil society", he said. In accordance, this year's theme is "Beating Plastic Pollution", for which we are exploring green alternatives to reduce the usage of plastics across all our offices, dealers and service networks.

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"In India, there are many initiatives against plastic waste and pollution going on like the one led by grassroot communities, government and local population, corporate sector and enthusiastic environmentalists amongst others, which are both a source inspiration and encouragement for the worldwide community", Solheim said.

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