Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

How to beat plastic pollution on World Environment Day

How to beat plastic pollution on World Environment Day

The Association for Environmental Impact Assessment of Nigeria (AEIAN), an umbrella body of Impact Assessment Practitioners in Nigeria, has called on the Federal Government to develop, implement and enforce strong laws and policies that will curb the production and use of unnecessary single use plastics. World Environment Day is the "people's day" for doing something to take care of the Earth. The projections being worked out now indicates that there will be a gradual increase in the global plastic production in the upcoming ten to fifteen years.

"There's an enormous opportunity to turn single-use plastic bottles into a valuable resource if placed in the correct recycling bins". Every year, more than eight million tonnes end up in the oceans.

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.

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.

"When it comes to plastic pollution, Brits are mad as hell and they're not going to take it anymore".

This World Environment Day, let's take a pledge to do everything in our capacity to reduce the use of plastic by less than half.

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.

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"I am joining Rally for Rivers & United Nations to beat plastic pollution".

By 2050, it is estimated that there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans.

"It is estimated that the total volume of all plastics ever produced is about 8.3 billion metric tonnes, of this, about 6.3 billion metric tonnes is now waste-80 per cent of which are in landfills, and in the natural environment" he stated.

Consultant with the IISc, Mr Mahesh Kashyap strongly recommends that e-commerce companies should stop excessive use of plastic for packaging.

Greenpeace is calling on the New Zealand Government to enact a plastic pollution strategy, that starts with a comprehensive ban on plastic bags and moves into eliminating other avoidable single-use plastics, like straws, cutlery and stir sticks, and then set up nationwide container deposit scheme to ensure better collection with drink bottles.

We all are on the cutting edge of a global plastic calamity.

Minister of State for Environment Mahesh Sharma said that while Rs 350 crore was spent last year, this year Rs 650 crore was send to states under the environment protection programme.

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