The GMD noted that the theme for this year's World Environment Day, "Beat Plastic Pollution" was a call to action for everyone to rise up to tackle one of the greatest contemporary environmental challenges.
But there are signs of action to limit plastic pollution, which harms life in the oceans, contaminates soils and releases toxic chemicals when burnt. I also invite Canadians to share their ideas on how we can move Canada toward zero plastic waste.
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 his latest edition of "Mann Ki Baat' radio programme, PM Modi had urged people to shun the use of plastic and protect the environment".
On World Environment Day, Guterres is encouraging everyone to also stop using plastic products which are designed just to be thrown away, such as plastic bottles.
According to Cheema, most of these plastics eventually make their way into rivers, water channels and finally, into the oceans.
A Roadmap for Sustainability, said rules limiting the use of plastic bags have helped in places such as Morocco, Rwanda, and parts of China - sometimes significantly. They promise to make this the largest and most substantial World Environment Day ever.
Duke and Duchess of Sussex join Queen’s birthday parade
Prince William and Kate Middleton's 4-year-old son was once again pretty out of control today at the Trooping the Colour parade. The 92-year-old queen, whose real birthday is April 21, seemed vigorous as she keenly observed the event .
Around the world, 1 million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute, and every year, up to 5 trillion disposable plastic bags are used.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Jitendra Singh said that celebration of World Environment Day was an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to the cause of protection of environment.
"He said: "'#BeatPlasticPollution' is the motto of this year's World Environment Day. The report analyzes the complex relationships in our plastics economy and offers an approach to rethink how the world produces, uses and manages single-use plastics.
Plastic litters beaches, blocks drains and harms wildlife, with an estimated 100,000 marine animals killed each year, as well as turning up in food and is found in 90% of bottled water.
"Fifteen thousand tonnes of plastic waste is generated every day, 9,000 tonnes is collected and recycled, but 6,000 tonnes of plastic waste is not collected and remain littered", Javadekar said.
"Within this period however, plastic has transformed everything from clothing, cooking, and catering to product design, engineering and retailing", due to its advantage of lasting for a long time, almost all the plastic ever produced, still exist in one form or the other today.