Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
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United Nations chief: Oceans will have more plastic than fish by 2050

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

The UN is encouraging everyone to play a game of "plastic pollution tag".

More than eight out of 10 people say they find it hard to avoid plastic packaging during their regular supermarket shop, a poll has found.

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Presiding over a ministerial conference here to mark World Environment Day, which is being hosted by India this year with the theme to combat "plastic pollution", the minister said the country now means business.

In the same way, these plastics litter beaches with serious consequences on the environment and health.

However, Greenpeace applauded companies which were beginning to eliminate single-use plastics from their shelves and checkouts.

A 2017 report by the Ocean Conservancy said China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam are dumping more plastic than the rest of the world combined. Every year the world uses up to 5 trillion disposable plastic bags. "If present trends continue, by 2050 our oceans will have more plastic than fish", he said. "I refuse to use plastic bags and always carry a cloth bag with me to buy daily use grocery items".

"Plastic pollution is now entering our food chain".

Ogundipe said: "Plastic pollution is one of the biggest environmental concerns facing us today and this has constituted a global problem".

Islamabad-Oxfam in Pakistan and its partner Indus Consortium launched a campaign to tackle plastic pollution in Pakistan. "If we work together we can make our vision our reality". "It's what we do with it".

Gujarat's minister of state for environment reportedly opposes the ban on plastic as most industries that depend on it operate from his assembly constituency of Halol.

The institution made the appeal at a walk for the environment to commemorate the 2018 World Environment Day on Tuesday in Lagos.

She said all of "us have to be radical and passionate towards keeping the environment clean and safeguarding it for the future generation". The choices may not be easy.

Madhuri Dixit-Nene: We often feel what difference will our individual choices make, without realizing that real change always starts with small baby steps.

"Plastic pollution represents violence against this planet".

The World Environment Day was first introduced by the United Nations in 1974 and since then it has developed into a global platform for raising awareness and taking action on urgent issues from marine pollution and global warming to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime.

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