Plastic water pouches banned in Gujarat's Rajkot from June 5

Deeply moved with these shocking figures, the United Nations Environment is concentrating on its ambitious goal named 'Beat Plastic Pollution'.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Jitendra Singh said that celebration of World Environment Day was an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to the cause of protection of environment. The target of this year's United Nations campaign is to make sure that people around the world are free of the over-consumption and reliance of single-use plastics.

"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.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) urged Filipinos to stop using single-use plastic items that usually end up polluting the oceans and waterways.

Till the 1970s, the use of plastic in Pakistan was limited, but this trend started changing in the 1980s, according to International Union for Conservation of Nature Country Representative Mahmood Akhtar Cheema. Plastic in oceans is likely to outweigh fishes by 2050.

"We have recived tremendous response from residents especially children staying in the Kranti Nagar slums as every Sunday several of them joined us in cleaning and told us that they have even stopped throwing garbage in the river", said Jhaveri in relief. In 2008, Rwanda became one of the first African countries to impose a complete ban on thin plastic bags as part of its Vision 2020 plan for sustainability. He said that for environment conservation, there is a need for public awareness.

He stressed the need to sensitise people about environmental degradation.

Ogundipe said that residents should be cautious about the use of plastics considering the topography of the state.

Dr Nuzhat from the National Institute of Oceanography talked in detail about how one can use trash as a commodity.

Today, the challenge we face is no longer plastic bags alone, but all plastics, especially those used once and thrown away.

But less than a third (31%) think their regular supermarket has taken steps to reduce the amount of plastic packaging they sell, while more than half (55%) say they would choose a shop that does not over-package goods.

Afia Salam, a senior environmental journalist, highlighted marine pollution and its dire implications for marine life.

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%, Zero Waste Scotland said.

- Avoid single-use plastic bottles and cups, use reusable glass/metal bottles. "Similarly in India, city of Hyderabad has been declared plastic-free and soon the area around the Taj Mahal will also be", he said.

Vanessa Coleman