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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address an event marking the World Environment Day today.

"Let's join together to "Beat Plastic Pollution" and make this planet a better place to live".

The vast majority are now anxious about plastic pollution in the oceans, where it can harm wildlife and get into the food chain.

Pakistan Navy celebrates World Environment Day on Tuesday and arranged numerous activities on to highlight the significance of environment in Pakistan and to promote awareness amongst public, concerned agencies and departments especially focusing on the marine environment.

More than eight out of 10 people say they find it hard to avoid plastic packaging during their regular supermarket shop, a poll has found.

The AfDB considers over-reliance on plastics as a major environmental challenge, especially considering the pollution that comes with badly managed plastic waste.

While noting that proper management of plastic waste, through the promotion of the three R's of waste management - "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" - should be adopted, the association also called for encouraging research into alternatives to plastics.

Mr Modi said, Government has given forty million new cooking gas connections in the last two years which has freed rural women from the misery of poisonous smoke and has also eliminated their dependence on firewood. India is hosting this year's World Environment Day.

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The 2018 edition of World Environment Day, celebrated by the United Nations every June 5, is focusing on this issue with the slogan: "Beat Plastic Pollution: If You Can't Reuse it, Refuse It".

"It is undeniable plastic materials and products have many uses in daily life and we may not realise that many are single use plastics".

"Every action counts as we seek to protect and preserve our environment".

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

Globally, about 12.7 million tonnes of plastic ends up in oceans every year. "Here in my office, we are abolishing the use of single use plastic bottles for water".

Akbaruddin warned that the scale and urgency of the problem were increasing by the day and success can only be achieved by raising awareness and taking action across the world.

The first film, The Smog of the Sea, documents a week-long expedition through the North Atlantic by a group including musician/surfer Jack Johnson and ocean researcher Marcus Erikson who explore the vast scale of plastic pollution in our oceans.


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