Since the first World Environment Day on June 5, 1974, the world has changed and challenges associated with Environmental protection have increased. The theme for this year is "Beat Plastic Pollution". To help reduce waste and fight climate change, the Government of Canada has taken significant steps and is planning important new measures to protect the environment and promote clean growth, here at home and overseas.
There is no national legislation banning single-use plastics, and penalties or disincentives for using plastic bags are rare.
UN Environment head Erik Solheim, said: "The assessment shows that action can be painless and profitable - with huge gains for people and the planet that help avert the costly downstream costs of pollution". The report analyzes the complex relationships in our plastics economy and offers an approach to rethink how the world produces, uses and manages single-use plastics.
Prime Minister said development should not come at the cost of the environment.
India was the global host for the World Environment Day celebrations this year.
Bollywood celebrities like Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Dia Mirza and Jackie Shroff have urged people to save planet Earth on World Environment Day on Tuesday.
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The United Nations warns that 360 million tonnes of plastic is produced each year, and levels are set to nearly double to 619 million tonnes by 2030, with cigarette butts, drinks bottles and caps and food wrappers the most common single-use plastics.
Each year, World Environment Day has a theme which major corporations, non-governmental organisations, communities, governments and celebrities worldwide adopt to promote environmental awareness.
Beating plastic pollution and transitioning to sustainable waste management practices requires a strong enabling environment involving all stakeholders including policy-makers, informal and formal waste and resource management actors as well as civil society organizations. I've replaced using plastic bottles with a metal one.
In his address, Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Dr Harsh Vardhan said, India reaffirms its commitment to beat plastic pollution. Plant trees. Ban plastic. "It is the duty of each one of us to ensure that material prosperity does not compromise our environment".
There is a rubbish truck full of plastic entering our oceans every minute, with plastic packaging use predicted to double by 2020 and quadruple by 2050, while globally, the level of recycling is only around 14% - it's clear we can not recycle our way out of this problem.
Environment Ministers, representatives from United Nations and members from various industry bodies will be among the various dignitaries attending the event. The UN is encouraging everyone to play a game of "plastic pollution tag".