Quest for material prosperity should not compromise environment: PM

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Ikpeazu said this on Tuesday during the commemoration of the 2018 World Environment Day in Micheal Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU).

Officials from CRPF and ITBP have organized a programme "Run to Beat Plastic Pollution" There was an open invitation for all.

Speaking at a day's event in Accra to celebrate this year's World Environment Day (WED), Prof Gordon, explained that nano plastics, due to it minute nature, cannot be easily seen and could affect humans' physiology.

Plastic in the sea is such a serious threat that it is considered one of the most serious environmental emergencies in the world. He asked everyone to keep their pledge and shun use of plastic. In accordance, this year's theme is "Beating Plastic Pollution", for which we are exploring green alternatives to reduce the usage of plastics across all our offices, dealers and service networks.

"It is, therefore, safe to say that most countries have woken up to the environmental impact of plastic bags and bottles", he said.

Protection of water was also important, he advised the people to take measures to enhance groundwater by constructing pits in their houses. Last year, Hyundai launched a 45 days campaign - "Save Water, Share Water" across India thus saving 40 lakhs litres of Water through Dry wash and distributed the same in drought affected areas in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

"We need to come together and raise our voices against the use of plastic".

A 2017 report by the Ocean Conservancy said China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam are dumping more plastic than the rest of the world combined.

The study, billed as the most comprehensive review of government action to curb single-use plastics, said up to 5 trillion plastic bags were used worldwide each year., an advertising technology company found by Divyankh Turakhia, a serial internet entrepreneur, observed a huge drop in dry waste accumulation by merely replacing plastic plates with steel plates. Plastic bags don't biodegrade, they photodegrade i.e. breaking down into smaller and smaller toxic bits contaminating soil and waterways and entering the food web when animals accidentally ingest them.

He said, next year, UNEP will organise the United Nations environment assembly with a focus on sustainable lifestyles. The campaign slowly grew from two people to thousands of volunteers who work every day to ensure the litter does not turn into marine debris.

"Reuse and recycling of plastics really do not have the capacity to remove the pollutants from the system; they can only reduce the volume being introduced".