'Our world is swamped by plastic'

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Up to five trillion grocery bags are used each year and like most plastic garbage barely any is recycled, the United Nations said Tuesday (Jun 5) as it warned the world was choking on trash.

In India, plastic has been found inside dead cows while a whale in Thailand died after consuming waste bags.

"The Government of Canada will continue to drive progress on the environmental challenges we face as a global community, and protect the clean air and water we share".

Greenpeace warns that commitments on making plastic packaging recyclable and compostable will do little to turn the tide on plastic pollution, and that companies and government need to focus on reductions and eliminations of single-use plastics production if they are serious about tackling this issue.

Now, governor Kalyan Singh, a day ahead of World Environment Day, appealed that people should unify to keep a check on plastic pollution in the state.

He said in Ghana, the lack of clean drinking water, caused by pollution of most of the rivers and water sources, also exacerbated the problem of the use of plastic or sachet water, since most people in the country depended on sachet water for drinking.

New Delhi has tried repeatedly over the past decade to ban the use of thin plastic bags, most recently announcing a heavy fine for rule-breakers.

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Bigger responsibility rests with the public at large to say "no" to plastic bags and in fact the civic authorities such as Capital Development Authority in the federal capital can launch "No to Plastic Bags" campaign by involving the public in order to free our environment from this hazard. He talked about environmental friendly steps taken by Engro in Thar and said that nature has to be preserved, which can only be done as a collaborative effort from all.

India produces more than 62 million tonnes of plastic waste every year, according to local reports, of which only 43 million tonnes is collected.

Every year, the World Environment Day follows a theme to highlight any one of the major environmental concerns and is hosted by a different country every year.

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The Minister said rapid urbanisation and economic development in numerous developing countries, had led to increase plastic use and plastic pollution, saying there were more plastics in the ocean now. "Every year, more than 8 million tonnes end up in the oceans", he said, adding that "microplastics in the seas now outnumber stars in our galaxy".

Plastic pollution is one of the greatest threats to our planet's ecosystems today.

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