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World Environment Day being observed

This year's theme of the day is solutions to plastic pollution under the campaign #BeatPlasticPollution.



World Environment Day being observed
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World Environment Day is being observed on Monday (today) to highlight hazards of plastic pollution imposing grave impacts on nature and human health.

This year's theme of the World Environment Day is solutions to plastic pollution under the campaign #BeatPlasticPollution.

More than 430 million tons of plastic is produced every year worldwide, half of which is designed to be used only once.

The civil society, government departments including Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency, non-governmental organizations and others will hold awareness walks, seminars and symposiums to sensitize masses on plastic pollution.

World Environment Day is the largest global platform for environmental public outreach and is celebrated by millions of people across the world. In 2023, it is hosted by Côte D'Ivoire.

On the occasion Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif said that Pakistan joins the international community in renewing its commitment to phase out single-use plastic as part of its efforts to combat plastic pollution.

Turning to Twitter, he wrote: “The government has been actively working with national & international stakeholders to develop a legal instrument to end plastic pollution”.

I am glad to share that we are working on the Plastic Prohibition Regulation 2023 for Islamabad Capital Territory, the premier added.

“The comprehensive framework under the Regulation will provide a timeline for phasing out single-use plastics,” Shehbaz Sharif continued.

On this day, he urged all sections of society to come together for the preservation of our planet's biodiversity and spreading awareness in the communities to make recycling initiatives a success.

“We owe it to our future generations, as bequeathing a clean environment is our fundamental responsibility, said the prime minister.