Choices made today will define collective future: PM on Environment Day

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The event emphasised the role of schools, colleges and universities in protecting nature and environment as well as beating plastic pollution, stated another official release.

The walk, which was part of the ongoing 2018 National Environment Week, was organised by Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) in partnership with the Ministry of Environment with the aim to raise awareness and encourage the general public to join the effort to address plastic pollution.

According to the United Nations (UN), more than 300 million tons of plastic is produced each year and half of it is single use or disposable.

The African Development Bank (AfDB), says there is the need to take action against plastic pollution in Africa.

The Association for Environmental Impact Assessment of Nigeria (AEIAN), an umbrella body of Impact Assessment Practitioners in Nigeria, has called on the Federal Government to develop, implement and enforce strong laws and policies that will curb the production and use of unnecessary single use plastics.

Presiding over a ministerial conference here to mark World Environment Day, which is being hosted by India this year with the theme to combat "plastic pollution", the minister said the country now means business.

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"Plastics can not be recycled nor transformed".

The AfDB considers over-reliance on plastics as a major environmental challenge, especially considering the pollution that comes with badly managed plastic waste. I switched to biodegradable sanitary napkins when I realised they are made mostly of plastic!#BeatPlasticPollution with @UNEnvironment for #WorldEnvironmentDay!

But elsewhere things haven't gone so well. Events began Friday, with high-profile Indian politicians speaking out on the increasing damage plastics are doing to the environment and the country's beaches.

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. In Italy, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte told the Senate on Tuesday in a speech that "we are not willing to sacrifice the environment and the plan for a blue economy for other ends".

Following the launch of the "Plastic Bottle Free Initiative", the minister handed over tumblers to heads of departments and divisions to replace water bottles in the ministry. "Anyone can help change mindset as a way to keep supporting our country make progress toward clean environment", he said. "If present trends continue, by 2050", Guterres warned, "our oceans will have more plastic than fish".

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