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

As bioplastics get popular in India a more genuine green choice is to boot out plastic altogether

Satyabrata Tripathy HT

At a recycling plant outside Tokyo, workers in face masks pick through an unending torrent of plastic rubbish, fuelled by a national obsession with pristine packaging - and famously strict rules that ensure much of it is reclaimed and reused.

To mark World Environment Day the Minister has announced the upcoming launch of the #THUMAMINA/green/good/deeds; for a clean and attractive South Africa campaign, in response to the Presidential THUMA-MINA Initiative. Another 13 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean every year.

This plastic could have been worth £5.7 million if recycled, but instead costs Scotland, and the relevant local authorities, an estimated £5.3 million to send to landfill, Zero Waste Scotland said.

According to official statistics, around 180,000 tones of plastic materials spread in Sudan, constituting one of the biggest environmental pollution in the country.

In his address, Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Dr Harsh Vardhan said, India reaffirms its commitment to beat plastic pollution. "If present trends continue, by 2050 our oceans will have more plastic than fish", he said.

It is during the month of June that South Africa will also celebrate the World Oceans Day (WOD) and the World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD). The UN is encouraging everyone to play a game of "plastic pollution tag".

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his released message on World Environment Day said, "Greetings on World Environment Day".

Since it was first celebrated in 1974, the Day has helped raise awareness and generate political momentum around global environmental concerns such as ozone depletion, desertification and global warming.

For more than a decade, Rwanda has raised awareness about the benefits of life without plastic bags to maintain a clean and healthy environment.

Critics charge that Japanese consumers and retailers use too much plastic, as a mania for elaborate packaging results in nearly everything being wrapped - even single pieces of fruit.

Protection of water was also important, he advised the people to take measures to enhance groundwater by constructing pits in their houses. More in detail, Mr Modi mentioned: "The choices that we make today will define our collective future". "After this reminder, I will start reviving that environment-friendly tradition", she vowed while receiving her fabric bag from one of the volunteers, who are pro-environment students of public and private sector universities. However, governments have to give more incentives to companies to accomplish it and consumers have to adopt a much greener approach.

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