Alia Bhatt Challenges Varun Dhawan and Other Celebs to Beat Plastic Pollution

People have to act upon laws enacted on pollution, environment matters, says Union minister

People across the world are celebrating World Environment Day today (June 5). "Plastic threatens to become a menace to humanity".

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. I've replaced using plastic bottles with a metal one.

An estimated 500 billion plastic bags are used globally each year. Reports by Ocean Conservancy, suggest that there will be more plastics than fish in the oceans by 2050. According to the Vardhan, only 60 percent of this gets recycled.

Plastics are separated from cans, paper and other recyclables, with collections for different categories on different days of the week. Read on and get inspired to bring about a change in your life as well.

Critics charge that Japanese consumers and retailers use too much plastic, as a mania for elaborate packaging results in nearly everything being wrapped - even single pieces of fruit. He praised India for its growing focus on environmental protection but also noted that while travelling in the country he'd seen "some of the most lovely scenic places, but destroyed by plastic pollution". They are also channelled towards creating empowerment opportunities for the teaming young population.

He suggested that Nigeria can toe this line by providing incentives such as tax breaks for companies to encourage recycling as well as to transform their production processes towards the production of biodegradable alternatives and also strictly enforcing legislation as part of a holistic programme for sustainably transforming their economy and banning all non-biodegradable plastics from the country.

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