Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Sci-tech | By Eric Barnett

Oceans will have more plastic than fish by 2050 - United Nations chief

Oceans will have more plastic than fish by 2050 - United Nations chief

It was only yesterday when Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India will eliminate all single-use plastic in the country by 2022.

Environment Minister Dr Vincent Biruta has called on the general public to join efforts to beat plastic pollution in their communities to protect the environment, which is increasingly being endangered by plastic items.

The event emphasised the role of schools, colleges and universities in protecting nature and environment as well as beating plastic pollution, stated another official release.

As part of 2018 World Environment Day, the Senior Management and staff of the Bank signed a "Pledge Board" to reduce plastic waste and ensure a better and healthier workplace environment.

The United Nations warns that 360 million tonnes of plastic is produced each year, and levels are set to nearly double to 619 million tonnes by 2030, with cigarette butts, drinks bottles and caps and food wrappers the most common single-use plastics.

The African Development Bank (AfDB), says there is the need to take action against plastic pollution in Africa. While plastic has many valuable uses, we have become over-reliant on single-use or disposable plastic - with severe environmental consequences.

Less than a 10th of all the plastic ever made has been recycled, and governments should consider banning or taxing single-use bags or food containers to stem a tide of pollution, a U.N. report said on Tuesday, U.N. World Environment Day.

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"Plastics can not be recycled nor transformed".

Scotland has committed to phase out the use of non-recyclable plastics and is now designing a deposit return scheme for drinks packaging that could see recycling rates of more than 90 per cent.

"An average 13 million tonnes of plastic waste enter the water system around the world annually, resulting in pollution from drainages, rivers and seas and causing floods".

The issue will then be explored at a more local level with the award-winning documentary Baykeepers which follows Neil Blake on his journey to investigate the far-reaching impact of plastic waste on Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay.

Among the programs organized on World Environment Day in the capital, Sadguru, UN Environment director and Brand Ambassador Dia Mirza launched a campaign in Central Park to stop the use of plastics.

"The only way forward is massive enlightenment on the need for a total refusal of the plastic option; let us legislate against it and its use for packaging or storage".

"At one month post launching this initiative, we saw a drop in the dry waste accumulation from 190 kgs to 100 kgs. Plastic materials contain a number of toxic chemicals that can endanger the environment, wildlife and human life".

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