World Environment Day 2023: It's Time to Beat Plastic Pollution

By Umesh

World Environment Day 2023 will focus on the theme of "Beat Plastic Pollution" to address the global crisis caused by plastic waste.

 Humans produce over 430 million tonnes of plastic annually, with 46% of plastic waste ending up in landfills and 22% becoming litter.

Plastic does not biodegrade, leading to harmful effects on marine wildlife, soil, groundwater, and human health.

The day is organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and has become the largest global environmental program.

The rate of plastic production has exceeded that of any other material since the 1970s, with less than 10% of plastic waste being recycled.

Around 75 to 199 million tonnes of plastic currently exist in the world's oceans, and rivers contribute significantly to plastic pollution.

In India, 3.4 million tonnes of plastic waste is generated annually, with only 30% being recycled.

Efforts to ban single-use plastic have been made in India, but the implementation and effectiveness of such bans have been limited.

Individuals can take action against plastic pollution by participating in clean-up activities, choosing sustainable alternatives, and advocating for change.

 The Banega Swachh India campaign aims to create a clean and healthy India, emphasizing the interdependence of humans, the environment, and the need for proper sanitation and hygiene practices.

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