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India to join Clean Sea Campaign: PM Narendra Modi

07 June 2018

Ban on use of plastic should start from every house, he said and emphasised the need to educate people about the protection of environment.

The commitment also includes a pledge to make 100 national monuments throughout the country litter-free, including the Taj Mahal.

The Congress also took to Twitter, pledging to protect and preserve the Environment, saying, "the Earth doesn't belong to us but, we belong to the Earth". All of us have a collective responsibility towards this.

Lauding Prime Minister Narendra Modi's achievements in the field of environment, he said that the global community believes that India will achieve its pre-2020 or COP21 targets before time.

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Around the world, 1 million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute, according to the United Nations.

Pointing out the astonishing comparison between stars in the cosmos and ocean plastics, Mr. Guterres underscored that "from remote islands, to the Artic, nowhere is untouched". Plastic in oceans is likely to outweigh fishes by 2050.

One of such alternatives he said would be encouraging the use of paper bags as alternatives to plastic bags.

Shah said volunteers have cleared nearly 15 million kilograms of plastic from the beach near his home in the past three weeks.

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"Plastic pollution is already having a deadly impact on our ecosystem", the prime minister said while addressing the plenary session of the World Environment Day at Vigyan Bhawan here.

In conjunction with the Day, UN Environment (UNEP), on Monday, launched the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), also known as the Renewables 2018 Global Status Report.

Some 86% support supermarkets moving towards more refillable and reusable packaging instead of single-use plastics and more than nine out of 10 (91%) think they should be working towards reducing their overall packaging.

Prime Minister said development should not come at the cost of the environment. 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. I switched to biodegradable sanitary napkins when I realised they are made mostly of plastic!#BeatPlasticPollution with @UNEnvironment for #WorldEnvironmentDay!

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Kochi airport became the first airport in the world in 2015 to run completely on solar power, he added. But there are signs of action to limit plastic pollution, which harms life in the oceans, contaminates soils and releases toxic chemicals when burnt.

India to join Clean Sea Campaign: PM Narendra Modi