NESREA holds rally against plastic pollution in Ibadan

NESREA holds rally against plastic pollution in Ibadan

NESREA holds rally against plastic pollution in Ibadan

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.

The "Beat Plastic Pollution Walk" offered a great opportunity to demonstrate Rwanda's commitment to improving health and environment by ending the use of single-use plastics and addressing plastic waste, said REMA director general Coletha Ruhamya at the event.

Meanwhile, Environment Day was also celebrated in National Thermal Power Corporation with the pledge to "Beat Plastic Pollution", which is the theme for this year's World Environment Day.

Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation said the country would not rush to ban plastic materials now but would wait to develop the Policy that would give proper direction on how to educate the populace and putting measures in turning plastic waste to resources and value addition.

"Targeted levies and bans - where properly planned and enforced - have been among the most effective strategies to limit overuse of disposable plastic products", the report said.

Next to China and Indonesia, the Philippines is the third biggest ocean polluter, according to a 2015 study conducted by the University of Georgia and reported by Ocean Conservancy and McKinsey Center for Business and Environment. He talked about environmental friendly steps taken by Engro in Thar and said that nature has to be preserved, which can only be done as a collaborative effort from all. Currently, all plastic bags used in Rwanda are biodegradable. The main causes of these problems are uncontrolled physical development, lifestyle and consumption patterns as well as irresponsible human acts such as the use and disposal of plastic bottles which leads to river and sea pollution.

In India, plastic has been found inside dead cows while a whale in Thailand died after consuming waste bags.

Environment Minister Sergio Costa has meanwhile pledged to make his ministry "plastic-free" and plans to launch an "economic and cultural strategy to begin reducing plastic production and excessive packaging".

Wednesday in Rwanda will be marked with a wide-range of activities centred on this year's theme: "Beat Plastic Pollution".

Earlier, Prof Francis Otunta, the Vice-chancellor of MOUAU, said that Nigeria had become over-reliant on the use of plastics for packaging. It noted that the effective implementation of ban on these plastic carry bags has been a challenge as hawkers and vegetable markets prefer its use due to "cheaper price and continued local manufacturing". More specifically, Mr. Guterres stated: "Our world is swamped by harmful plastic waste".

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