Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Sci-tech | By Lila Blake

Ban plastic bags? UN seeks to cut pollution as recycling falls short

Ban plastic bags? UN seeks to cut pollution as recycling falls short

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.

"Every action counts as we seek to protect and preserve our environment".

The event will be concluded on June 5 on World Environment Day.

Professor Christopher Gordon, Director of the Institute of Environmental and Sanitation Studies, University of Ghana, has alerted the public that they may unknowingly be consuming tiny particles of plastic called nano plastics, which are harmful to the human body.

A family member said, "We have been hearing about all the adverse affects of plastic, so we decided that we will make it a habit to not use it".

Beating plastic pollution and transitioning to sustainable waste management practices requires a strong enabling environment involving all stakeholders including policy-makers, informal and formal waste and resource management actors as well as civil society organizations.

Plastic in the sea is such a serious threat that it is considered one of the most serious environmental emergencies in the world.

Minister of Environment Khaled Fahmy said the ministry launched in 2017 a new national initiative to reduce the consumption of plastic bags, and use biodegradable bags as well as long term bags.

The theme for this year is "Beat Plastic Pollution".

It also tends to achieve realistic alternatives to replace the use of plastic materials, he added, mentioning ways to fight plastic materials by preventing the manufacturing and circulation of plastic bags.

"This plastic waste is often thrown away in the rivers, seas, and oceans, and contributes to fill ocean bottoms or float on the water surface". "Targeted levies and bans - where properly planned and enforced - have been among the most effective strategies to limit overuse of disposable plastic products", the report said.

Highlighting the importance of protecting the environment, the minister said, "Environmental issues are gaining attention at various levels as their implications are not just on the present generation but also the future generations". "Citizens and industries can be motivated by various means to ditch plastic, as has been done in many developed countries".

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Chief of UN Environment Programme, UNEP Eric Solheim in his address promised than UN will work with India to target 6 million farmers to turn agriculture green.

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