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Govt. Declares All Protected Areas as ‘Plastic Free Zones’

In order to achieve a plastic-free India, the Environment Ministry has declared the protected areas to be ‘Plastic Free Zones’.
‘plastic free zones’
  • This announcement has been made ahead of the World Environment Day to be observed on 5th June.
  • States and Union Territories have been directed to organize awareness campaigns to sensitize people about the issue.

Key Facts

  • All protected areas and forest reserves will be plastic free zones and it will be mandatorily enforced.
  • Non-recyclable plastics have been banned and various steps will be taken so that plastic is not allowed inside the protected areas.
  • Other alternatives to plastics would be provided gradually.
  • India will host the World Environment Day this year.
  • The theme for UN World Environment Day this year is 'Beat Plastic Pollution'.
  • Protected areas in Bengal and Odisha are already plastic free zones.
  • Recently on March 18, Maharashtra Government also declared as plastic free making its land to get rid of this danger to environment material.

World Environment Day 2018

  • India is the global host of the World Environment Day 2018 which will be observed on 5th June 2018.
  • Every World Environment Day ha a different global host country, where the official celebrations take place.
  • The focus on the host country helps highlight the environmental challenges it faces and supports the effort to address those challenges.
  • Theme for World Environment Day 2018 = “Beat Plastic Pollution”.
  • It urges governments, industry, communities, and individuals to come together and explore sustainable alternatives and urgently reduce the production and excessive use of single-use plastic polluting our oceans, damaging marine life and threatening human health.
  • World Environment Day is a UN Environment-led global event, the single largest celebration of our environment each year.
  • Since it began in 1972, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated across the globe.

Plastic Pollution

  • Every year the world uses 500 billion plastic bags.
  • Each year, at least 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in the oceans which is equivalent to a full garbage truck every minute.
  • In the last decade, the amount of plastic produced was more than that in the whole last century.
  • 50% of the plastic used in single-use or disposable.
  • 1 million plastic bottles are bought every minute.
  • Plastic makes up 10% of all the waste generated.
Govt. Declares All Protected Areas as ‘Plastic Free Zones’ Govt. Declares All Protected Areas as ‘Plastic Free Zones’ Reviewed by Shweta Kashyap on April 29, 2018 Rating: 5

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