Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Research | By Dana Schwartz

MoD launches initiative to curb use of plastic bottles

MoD launches initiative to curb use of plastic bottles

The United Nations, aware that the protection and improvement of the human environment is a major issue, which affects the well-being of peoples and economic development throughout the world, designated 5 June as World Environment Day.

Volunteers collect plastic and other recyclable material at seaside in Mumbai, India, June 5, 2018.

"The Government of Canada will continue to drive progress on the environmental challenges we face as a global community, and protect the clean air and water we share". The UN Secretary-General concluded by saying that global unity against plastic pollution is the solution towards a greener and more climate-friendly environment.

At another event to mark World Environment day Union Minister Jitendra Singh appealed to educational institutions and students to make society aware about the ill effects of using plastic.

Half of all the plastic we produce is single-use or disposable.

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

A tax on single-use plastic bags in the United Kingdom has slashed their use, and ministers have banned microbeads in personal hygiene products.

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"He said: "'#BeatPlasticPollution' is the motto of this year's World Environment Day.

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Fahmy said during the celebrations of the World Environment Day that bags made of recycled fabric are a better alternative for plastic, adding that plastic bags will no longer be available for free. They promise to make this the largest and most substantial World Environment Day ever.

"About 100,000 marine animals are killed by plastics and 83 per cent of tap water are found to contain plastic particles".

He said the Federal government is now working on a National Policy on Plastic Waste Management, to regulate the use and disposal of plastics in the country. Estimates predict that the manufacturers will generate around three hundred and sixty million tonnes of the plastic this year itself.

Today, plastic poses one of the greatest threats to our natural environment all the more so because it is both cheap and easily available.

The theme of this year's Environment Day was specifically very pertinent in the context of Pakistan where the use of these plastic bags is still on the rise to alarming proportions and playing havoc with our environment, poisoning our oceans, land and our own health.

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