Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Research | By Dana Schwartz

Double-header film screening for World Environment Day

Double-header film screening for World Environment Day

Plastic pledge is rubbishTuesday, June 5: Greenpeace warns that today's announcement of the "Beat Plastic Pollution" declaration is an industry-led false solution for tackling the scourge of plastic pollution in our oceans.

"Plastic pollution is a huge issue everywhere", the UN's environment chief Erik Solheim told The Associated Press.

Pakistan Navy celebrates World Environment Day on Tuesday and arranged numerous activities on to highlight the significance of environment in Pakistan and to promote awareness amongst public, concerned agencies and departments especially focusing on the marine environment.

After chairing a meeting of environmental experts and top government officials on the topic, President Nicos Anastasiades said in a statement that he gave instructions for Cyprus to play a bigger role in a part of the world that's particularly susceptible to climate change.

If you too are keen to contribute to the environment in a meaningful manner, you can opt not using plastic.

He said the campaign tends to raise the awareness with the threats caused by plastic materials together with their impact on human health.

While acknowledging that combating plastic waste is different for every country, the United Nations report suggested 10 universal steps that policymakers can follow, including use of more eco-friendly alternatives to plastics and the promotion of reusable products.

Almost one third of used plastic packaging escapes collection systems, which means it ends up clogging the world's city streets and polluting the natural environment.

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In addition, he recommended to the government to strictly enforce the various environmental regulations by punitively punishing people who litter and also name and shame offenders. India is hosting the global celebrations this year.

While plastic has many valuable uses, we have become over reliant on single-use or disposable plastic, with severe environmental consequences.

The Congress also took to Twitter, pledging to protect and preserve the Environment, saying, "the Earth doesn't belong to us but, we belong to the Earth".

Some 79 percent of the plastic ever made has ended up dumped, with hardly any reused or destroyed despite recycling and other initiatives to curb use, the report said.

The report said the five trillion plastic bags consumed each year equalled almost 10 million plastic bags per minute.

Around the world, 1 million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute, according to the United Nations.

In conjunction with the Day, UN Environment (UNEP), on Monday, launched the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), also known as the Renewables 2018 Global Status Report. The simplest plastic normally used in grocery store bags takes at least 100 years to break down while the complex ones take up to 600 years or beyond to decompose.

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