With the theme of the Wednesday 2018 being "Beat Plastic Pollution", Modi noted that the menace was already having a deadly impact on India's marine ecosystem and marine litter, especially micro-plastic, was a major trans-boundary problem.
India is playing the global host for the official celebration of the World Environment Day.
"Raise awareness and enlighten the public about the effect of plastics, especially the single use/disposable ones on the environment and human health".
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. New data from waste and brand audits conducted in five Philippine cities confirm results of earlier coastal clean-up audits that multinational brands are the country's top sources of plastic pollution.
For more than a decade, Rwanda has raised awareness about the benefits of life without plastic bags to maintain a clean and healthy environment.
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In addition, he recommended to the government to strictly enforce the various environmental regulations by punitively punishing people who litter and also name and shame offenders.
Minister of State for Environment Mahesh Sharma said that while Rs 350 crore was spent last year, this year Rs 650 crore was send to states under the environment protection programme.
She said: "The earth's potential is being threaten by poor disposal of plastic waste into the environment affecting the air, water and land".
"Every action counts as we seek to protect and preserve our environment".
"Every year, 500 billion plastic bags are used around the world, 13 million tonnes of plastic leak into the ocean and 17 million barrels of oil are used on plastic production". 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. Let's get real and say no to plastic! "Here in my office, we are abolishing the use of single use plastic bottles for water".
More updates on World Environment Day are yet to come up, till then stay tuned! Guterres encouraged everyone to also stop using plastic products which are designed just to be thrown away such as plastic bottles.