Rwanda: Minister Biruta - Together, We Can Beat Plastic Pollution

A sweeping look over Taimur Nagar underlines the challenges the country faces with its waste

In 2008, the Government of Rwanda successfully chose to ban plastic bags from being used anymore, and this has since played a positive role in development efforts.

Tuesday, June 5 was World Environment Day, and this year's theme, set by the United Nations, was "beat plastic pollution". They are among the first to suffer when ecosystems are threatened, whether by pollution, climate change or over-exploitation or deforestation as well as desertification.

CM Neiphiu Rio with others during the release of Departmental Book on occasion of World Environment Day in Kohima.

The UN said more than 60 countries had introduced bans and levies on single-use plastic items like bags.

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.

"In our manifesto we had promised to launch a campaign "Clean and Green Nagaland" within three months. We are also committed to ensure, that we do so, in a way that is sustainable and green".

Professor Christopher Gordon, Director of the Institute of Environmental and Sanitation Studies, University of Ghana, has alerted the public that they may unknowingly be consuming tiny particles of plastic called nano plastics, which are harmful to the human body. It leads to choking of drains and gutters that causes flooding as well as makes it a breeding ground for germs and bacteria.

"People all across the United Kingdom are on the same page: ocean plastic pollution needs tackling and it is urgent that supermarkets take meaningful action to reduce their plastic footprint now".

Scotland has committed to phase out the use of non-recyclable plastics and is now designing a deposit return scheme for drinks packaging that could see recycling rates of more than 90 per cent.

It has to be mentioned that key results of the report show that government levies and bans, if correctly implemented, have been very effective in the battle against plastic overconsumption.

Prime Minister made a fervent appeal for the world to work unitedly in eliminating plastic pollution. While we really appreciate the steps undertaken by Pakistan Navy to reduce plastic pollution, other organisations and industries also need to join the effort to make our environment totally clean from such hazardous waste. Mr. Misra, flagged off the Environment Rally that witnessed participation of Hundreds of employees with their family, members of Jindal Mahila Samiti (JMS), HoDs of various departments and Yoga Guru Swami Satyabindu Saraswati.