Manas Sahoo Creates Sand Sculpture to Mark World Environment Day

Taimur Nagar's residents know little of the hazards of non-biodegradable plastic to the water supply and the animals sat around

The event will be concluded on June 5 on World Environment Day.

More updates on World Environment Day are yet to come up, till then stay tuned!

Forty-four years later, the theme for the World Environment Day 2018 is "Beat Plastic Pollution".

Till the 1970s, the use of plastic in Pakistan was limited, but this trend started changing in the 1980s, according to International Union for Conservation of Nature Country Representative Mahmood Akhtar Cheema.

Just nine percent of the nine billion tonnes of plastic the world has ever produced has been recycled.

About eight million tonnes of plastic waste are dumped into the world's oceans every year, the equivalent of one garbage truck of plastic being tipped into the sea every minute of every day. "Refuse what you can't re-use". "We want to foster a global movement where every individual, policy maker and business takes action against plastic pollution to protect our ecosystem", Qazilbash said.

This is the message from Minister of Environmental Affairs Dr Edna Molewa as the global community marks World Environment Day (WED).

These will be aligned with recommendations of a plastic material flow Study undertaken by the Department. "Worse, a lot of it is non-biodegradable", he said adding that "Clean India Mission" has a special focus on "plastic waste management".

Stating that trees were essential for the survival of human beings, Collector asked people to plant trees in a big way and help for the protection of environment. "It's what we do with it".

There is no national legislation banning single-use plastics, and penalties or disincentives for using plastic bags are rare.

Noting the impact of plastic on the environment, in 2011, the BBMP banned plastic bags of less than 40 microns in thickness and in May 2016 introduced a blanket ban on the sale and manufacture of all plastic barring those used by dairy products. More in detail, Mr Modi mentioned: "The choices that we make today will define our collective future". The choices may not be easy. This theme requires all of us to consider and change our lifestyle towards reducing plastic pollution in our country, especially from "single use plastics".

And nearly three-quarters (72%) think supermarkets are not doing enough about packaging to tackle the problem of plastic pollution, the survey by Populus for Greenpeace showed. Except for this move, Narendra Modi announced a national marine litter campaign and a programme to measure how much plastic enters India's coastal waters.

Citing rapid urbanisation in India, Solheim said environment needs to be made a "citizens issue".

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