Ghana marks World Environment Day

Taimur Nagar is one of many slums in Delhi and countless other cities struggling to cope with waste

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. "The theme invites us all to consider how we can make changes in our everyday lives to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on our natural places, our wildlife - and our own health", he said. If the present trend continues, plastic in the sea will weigh more than all marine animals combined, with most of the pollution originating in emerging nations in Asia, Africa and Latin America, which do not have appropriate systems to collect and treat it.

Ms Josephine Nkrumah, Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), in a contribution to a panel discussion held as part of the Environment Day, said all Ghanaians have to be responsible towards preserving the environment, and especially, in handling plastic waste. "These disposable plastics are known as "single use" plastics".

Addressing to the Kigali Car Free Day participants in Kimihurura, Biruta said the fight against plastic pollution is everyone's responsibility as he called on the public to stand against the use of single-used plastic items.

According to Cheema, most of these plastics eventually make their way into rivers, water channels and finally, into the oceans.

However, Greenpeace warns that global corporations that have signed the "Beat Plastic Pollution" declaration today - including Coca-Cola, Unilever and Nestlé - are some of the top contributors to single-use plastic pollution worldwide and here in New Zealand.

Prior to the announcement, millions of Indian policymakers, celebrities, business leaders, innovators, environmentalists and activists gathered for weeks of activities aimed at taking action against plastic pollution. And one out of five plastic bottles is recycled. In fact, micro-plastics have now even entered basic food like salt, bottled water and tap water... Gathered here, a look at some of this plastic waste from the past year, accumulating in waterways, forests, and beaches across the globe, and some of the efforts to clean and recycle the mountains of material.

On World Environment Day, Prime Minister Modi expressed his government's commitment to the sustainable development goals.

"Currently, the world generates an average of one million single use plastic per minute".

About 79 per cent of the plastic ever made has ended up dumped, with hardly any reused or destroyed despite recycling and other initiatives to curb use, the report said.

Plastic pollution is affecting even remote areas of the planet, including the Artic.

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