Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on World Environment Day

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Guterres has a simple message on World Environment Day: "Reject single-use plastic".

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 2018 World Environmental Day celebration with the theme "Beat Plastic Pollution" featured lectures drama presentation and tree planting.

This global outlook, developed in cooperation with the Indian government, presents case studies from more than 60 countries.

A study published in December 2014 by USA and United Kingdom researchers suggested there are more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic weighing almost 269,000 tonnes now swirling in the world's oceans.

"The official slogan chosen by the JASTRe - "If you can't reuse it, refuse it" - urges us to think for a moment before making a decision to buy or accept something that is not reusable", the minister said.

"The assessment shows that action can be painless and profitable - with huge gains for people and the planet that help avert the costly downstream costs of pollution".

"However, plastic materials that are used for manufacturing myriad products not degradable creates a problem. It's what we do with it".

Half of all the plastic we produce is single-use or disposable.

When Parmar was asked if the Gujarat government planned to ban plastic, he said: "The issue needs careful consideration and we can not announce a plastic ban abruptly".

Mr Peter Derry, a Deputy Director at the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, stated that a national Policy was being developed to give direction on how to effectively manage plastic waste in Ghana.

World Environment Day is the United Nations' (UN) most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment.

Today, World Environment Day, 12 local and global businesses signed a declaration to tackle plastic pollution by committing to using 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging in their New Zealand operations by 2025 or earlier, as part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's New Plastics Economy initiative. They promise to make this the largest and most substantial World Environment Day ever.

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

India is hosting this year's World Environment Day. Later this week at the G7 Summit, we will bring world leaders together to discuss how we can reduce plastic pollution, tackle climate change, and improve the health of the world's oceans.

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