As India hosts celebrations for World Environment Day, Deepthi Suresh looks at their efforts in banning Plastic.
This week, despite significant efforts, a whale died in Thailand after swallowing nearly 80 plastic bags and not being able to eat. A recent report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the World Economic Forum predicts that by 2050, all the plastic in the ocean will weigh more than all the fish in the ocean. As the world’s plastic pollution reaches epidemic proportions, the international day against plastic celebrates efforts to reduce the amount of single use plastic.
India ranks among the top polluters in the world. According to the assessment report of the Central Pollution Control board (CPCB) of India, every day Indian cities generate 15,000 tonnes of the plastic waste of which only 9000 tonnes are collected, processed or recycled. India’s capital city Delhi introduced a ban on disposable plastic waste in 2017 and this prohibits the use of plastic cutlery, disposable cups etc. Anyone caught with plastic after April 2018 will be forced to pay a fine and repeat offenders could even face prison.
Efforts to reduce
All public authorities and corporations are directed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) of India to ensure the effective ban of plastic. This ban on plastic use was also followed by Maharashtra, India’s second most populous state.
India demonstrated global leadership on climate change and the role it played in the Paris Agreement. India is, therefore, chosen as the global host of the World Environment Day which will focus on the effective action against single-use plastic pollution on June 5 this year by the United Nations Environment Programme.
To see more about World Environment Day visit: http://worldenvironmentday.global/