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"We make a solemn pledge that we will eliminate all single-use plastics from our country", said Union environment minister Harsh Vardhan while referring to PM Modi's idea of 'New India' by 2022.

- In case you collect plastic bags, sachets, and bottles when shopping, segregate them for reuse and recycling.

The theme for World Environment Day is "Beat Plastic Pollution".

The Pope marked World Environment Day, Tuesday, tweeting a prayer: "Lord, reawaken in us a sense of praise and gratitude for our Earth, and for everything you have created".

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.

It is estimated that we use and discard 500,000,000,000 (half a trillion) plastic bags each year and over a million plastic bottles are sold every minute.

"It's clear that plastic waste has become an environmental catastrophe we can no longer ignore".

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The issue of plastic pollution in the world's oceans has soared up the agenda following the BBC's Blue Planet II and campaigns by many organisations, with two-thirds of people (67%) more concerned than a year ago, the poll found. The United Nations has named India as the 2018, and their theme is "Beating Plastic Pollution". Plastic in oceans is likely to outweigh fishes by 2050. I've replaced using plastic bottles with a metal one.

In his latest edition of "Mann Ki Baat' radio programme, PM Modi had urged people to shun the use of plastic and protect the environment".

"Only 9 percent of the 9 billion tonnes of plastic the world has ever produced has been recycled", the report said.

In the same context, Mohamed Shehab, CEO of the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA), said that the national EU-funded initiative to reduce the consumption of plastic bags has been launched on June 5, 2017, during which around 4.5 million tons of biodegradable plastic bags were distributed in 18 months.

The UN made a series of recommendations to make plastics bans more effective, from encouraging more cooperation from businesses to offering incentives.

Sharing the reasons why India was chosen to host the global celebrations of World Environment Day, Solheim pointed out that this was because India is known to be the most populous country and has still been able to significantly reduce its poverty. He said, the choice that people will make today will define the collective future.

"Desertification is one of the phenomena threatening the environment in Sudan. This will inspire the world and ignite real change". However, governments have to give more incentives to companies to accomplish it and consumers have to adopt a much greener approach.

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