Manas Sahoo Creates Sand Sculpture to Mark World Environment Day

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

This year the theme for the World Environment Day 2018 is "Beat Plastic Pollution".

Ruhamya urged Rwandans to reject using single-use plastics including plastic straws, cups, plates and bottles, and find sustainable alternatives.

"Implement the Extended Producer Responsibility programme where manufacturers must be held to account for the entire lifecycle of their consumer products", the statement read.

But less than a third (31%) think their regular supermarket has taken steps to reduce the amount of plastic packaging they sell, while more than half (55%) say they would choose a shop that does not over-package goods.

Environment Minister Sergio Costa has meanwhile pledged to make his ministry "plastic-free" and plans to launch an "economic and cultural strategy to begin reducing plastic production and excessive packaging".

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Besides a problem with plastics, India is also home to some of the most polluted cities in the world.

- Avoid single-use plastic bottles and cups, use reusable glass/metal bottles.

About 25,000 tonnes of plastic waste is generated evey year in India, of which only 60 per cent, according to Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan, is recycled. We need to beat plastic pollution on multiple fronts.

Lauding Prime Minister Narendra Modi's achievements in the field of environment, he said that the global community believes that India will achieve its pre-2020 or COP21 targets before time.

Plastic, which is rampantly polluting our water bodies, harming marine life and posing a threat to human health, has been one of the major concerns of environmental bodies this year.

Speaking last week at the launch of the National Environment Week, Environment Minister Dr Vincent Biruta noted that, around the world, nearly 450 million tons of plastic is produced every year.

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The highlight of this year's World Environment Day is that India is the global host and it's celebrating by conducting beach clean-up drives.

Elsewhere, however, things have not gone well and urgent action is needed.

The Minister also led a Walk in Abuja to sensitise Nigerians on the negative impact of indiscriminate disposal of waste plastics in the country.

"I am joining Rally for Rivers & United Nations to beat plastic pollution".

The Prime Minister said, Government aims to provide electricity connection to every household, which will further reduce dependence on environmentally degrading forms of fuel.

He commended India's commitment in overcoming the challenge of plastic pollution.

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