By 2022, India vows to stop single-use plastics

World Environment Day 2018 India is the global host this year and the theme is Beat Plastic Pollution

"These companies have drawn a line in the sand, pledging to do their bit to stem the tide of plastic waste and plastic pollution", Sage said.

"We are committed to raising the standards of living of our people and do it in a way that is sustainable and green", he said.

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.

He said: "We are flagging off the occasion with a walk and we want to involve everyone because we all have roles to play in taking care of the environment".

Akbaruddin said while the human civilisation has made all-round progress in controlling diseases and benefiting from technological marvels, the rapid change is also impacting the planet's environment in various ways, through over reliance on fossil fuels and unsustainable consumption and production patterns.

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Anthony Nyong, AfDB's Director for Climate Change and Green Growth, said "the statistics about plastic pollution are alarming".

"Plastic pollution is now entering our food chain".

Shot by Thirumalai Ganesh Sheerapathi, his thought-provoking image titled "Planet or Plastic" shows a young child lifting a wave as it laps the shoreline, revealing plastic bottles underneath.

On World Environment Day, Mr. Guterres is encouraging everyone to also stop using plastic products which are designed just to be thrown away, such as plastic bottles.

Through the celebration of this day worldwide, the significance of preserving the environment is highlighted through various events, such as seminars, talks, television programmes and walks for environmental protection.

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Deeply moved with these shocking figures, the United Nations Environment is concentrating on its ambitious goal named 'Beat Plastic Pollution'.

The Indian state of Tamil Nadu announced Tuesday it would ban the use of plastic items, including nonbiodegradable plastic bags, starting in January. "If we don't eliminate and significantly reduce plastic packaging and single use plastics this problem won't be fixed", says Hunter.

More than 73 million toilets have been built across the country, according to the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.

The report said the five trillion plastic bags consumed each year equalled almost 10 million plastic bags per minute. Measures like carrying a cloth bag, avoiding bottled plastic water, and cardboard over plastic are some of the most easiest ones to implement in daily lives.

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