Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Research | By Wilma Wheeler

Rwanda backs drive against plastic pollution

Rwanda backs drive against plastic pollution

The vast majority are now anxious about plastic pollution in the oceans, where it can harm wildlife and get into the food chain.

"Today, we announced the appointment of Patricia Fuller as Canada's new Ambassador for Climate Change to help advance Canada's clean growth and climate change priorities on the world stage".

The Minister also led a Walk in Abuja to sensitise Nigerians on the negative impact of indiscriminate disposal of waste plastics in the country.

"We have come so far with our recycling capabilities, so when it's not possible to reduce or reuse plastic we ask everyone to put their used plastic bottles and food packing into the relevant recycling bin where they can".

The march, organized by the ministry of environment through the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) is part of activities of the 2018 national environment week and World Environment Day due on June 5.

He said that Egypt consumes 12 billion tons of single-use plastic bags annually, at a cost of LE 2 billion, adding that the agency tends to reduce the use of plastic bags through encouraging producers to manufacture disposable and paper bags.

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


Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar urged people to vow not to use low-grade plastic.

UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador for India Dia Mirza, who is also a popular film actress, said on the occasion that the use of plastic should be shunned from daily lives. In 1974 the first World Environment Day was held with the theme "Only One Earth".

"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. Pandya said that the government needs to think of the state's future and switch to non-plastic packing.

Plastic litters beaches, blocks drains and harms wildlife, with an estimated 100,000 marine animals killed each year, as well as turning up in food and is found in 90% of bottled water. United Nations estimates say that every year the world uses 500 million plastic bags, half of which are used just once.

The Minister said rapid urbanisation and economic development in numerous developing countries, had led to increase plastic use and plastic pollution, saying there were more plastics in the ocean now.

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

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