India to join Clean Sea Campaign: PM Narendra Modi

Garbage seen on the polluted banks of the Yamuna near the Mahal Agra Uttar Pradesh

He said India was his choice to host this year's "World Environment Day" due to a variety of reasons, including its vast population and fast economic growth. To help reduce waste and fight climate change, the Government of Canada has taken significant steps and is planning important new measures to protect the environment and promote clean growth, here at home and overseas.

While noting that proper management of plastic waste, through the promotion of the three R's of waste management - "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" - should be adopted, the association also called for encouraging research into alternatives to plastics. "It's about being less wasteful, being smarter in how we design and use products, and protecting our own nations and also our common oceans", Solheim said.

Ogundipe said that residents should be cautious about the use of plastics considering the topography of the state.

"This has a detrimental effect on our environment, more so once this pollution enters our oceans and endangers marine life and fragile marine ecosystems", adds Minister Molewa.

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

"These mainly find their ways into the water bodies disintegrating to micro-plastic which are consumed by aquatic animals and ultimately kills them or are transferred into the food chain".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday acknowledged that water crisis is a major challenge across India and assured that the Namami Gange initiative to clean the river will soon show results. "If we don't eliminate and significantly reduce plastic packaging and single use plastics this problem won't be fixed", says Hunter.

The Vice President pushed for the plastic ban, saying: "Let us take a pledge to "Beat Plastic Pollution", the theme of the World Environment Day today".

Reckitt Benckiser (India) also said that it is committed to making 100 per cent of plastic packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.

This campaign aims to change attitudes and behaviour towards Waste and environment in general and mobilize every citizen to take responsibility for keeping their communities clean. Every year the world uses up to 5 trillion disposable plastic bags. Oxfam and its partners have mobilized students, in fabric bag distributions, plastic cleanup drives and tree plantations in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Multan, Lahore and Karachi to help mitigate plastic pollution in Pakistan.

Hundreds of Rwandans on Sunday marched in the capital city of Kigali to encourage the public to join the effort to address plastic pollution.

Pooja Batra: World Environment Day.

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