Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Working To Ensure Home For Every Indian By 2022: PM Narendra Modi

Lagos struggles to stay afloat an ocean of refuse A refuse dump used to illustrate the story
Sherry Houston | 07 June, 2018, 13:21

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his released message on World Environment Day said, "Greetings on World Environment Day".

With the theme of the Wednesday 2018 being "Beat Plastic Pollution", Modi noted that the menace was already having a deadly impact on India's marine ecosystem and marine litter, especially micro-plastic, was a major trans-boundary problem.

The celebration of World Environment Day started in 1974 with the objective of raising awareness, supporting action and driving change.

Setting up an example for everyone on World Environment Day, a family from Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district has shun plastic bags to keep the planet clean and green.

This World Environment Day UN Environment is asking you, companies and civil society groups, to take a concrete action to Beat Plastic Pollution.

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

Also speaking, Prof Emmanuel Nzegbulam, the Dean of College of Natural Resources and Environmental Management of the university said that the dangers of continued use of plastics ought not to be over-looked.

Mr Modi said, Government has given forty million new cooking gas connections in the last two years which has freed rural women from the misery of poisonous smoke and has also eliminated their dependence on firewood. Last year, Hyundai launched a 45 days campaign - "Save Water, Share Water" across India thus saving 40 lakhs litres of Water through Dry wash and distributed the same in drought affected areas in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

Government bans on plastic can be effective in cutting back on waste, but poor follow-through has left many such bans ineffective, the United Nations said in a report Tuesday.

"Every action counts as we seek to protect and preserve our environment. In order to create value for plastics we need to look at feasible buy-back schemes, better support of private sector recycling initiatives and innovative ways to incorporate the informal sector into the value chain", she said.

"Every year, more than eight million tonnes end up in the oceans. Nigerians should individually and collectively reconsider their plastic habits by reducing the use of disposable plastics and using alternatives to plastics".

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

Mr Andrew Barnes, Australian High Commissioner to Ghana, noted that the plastic pollution problem the world was facing was staggering and there was the urgent need to take measures to reduce plastics.

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