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India hosts World Environment Day as its citizens drown in plastic

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05.06.2018

“BEAT plastic pollution” is the one request of the United Nations as the planet marks World Environment Day on Tuesday. The plea to reject single-use plastics comes at a time when parts of the world are drowning in plastic with little signs of slowing up.

“A healthy planet is essential for a prosperous and peaceful future,” United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a statement. “Microplastics in the sea now outnumber stars in our galaxy.”

Guterres, in his appeal for the environment, says at the current rate, by 2050 our oceans will have more plastic than fish.

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The host of this year’s World Environment Day is India – a country that’s home to 14 of the world’s 15 worst cities for dirty air in a recent World Health Organization survey.

The capital, New Delhi, is the sixth the world’s most polluted city and its poorest inhabitants are on the front line of the pollution pandemic.

Plastic bottles, bags, food wrappers........

© Asian Correspondent