He praised India for its growing focus on environmental protection but also noted that while traveling in the country he'd seen "some of the most handsome scenic places, but destroyed by plastic pollution".
The environment ministry had said the pan-India events include cleanliness campaigns by state governments, cleaning of 24 beaches and 24 rivers in 19 states, making national parks and sanctuaries plastic free, media as well as social media campaigns and organising Envithon mini-marathons in five other cities, besides Delhi. "We want everyone to remember our message if you can't reuse it, refuse it and carry reusable shopping bags", Fiza concluded.
The United Nations warns that 360 million tonnes of plastic is produced each year, and levels are set to nearly double to 619 million tonnes by 2030, with cigarette butts, drinks bottles and caps and food wrappers the most common single-use plastics.
"These companies have drawn a line in the sand, pledging to do their bit to stem the tide of plastic waste and plastic pollution", Sage said. Plastic isn't the problem.
Imran Sabir from Sepa said that people should stop the use of one-time plastic commodities, such as straws and cups, which would create a huge positive impact.
For more than a decade, Rwanda has raised awareness about the benefits of life without plastic bags to maintain a clean and healthy environment.
The United Nation (UN) has designated June 5 to celebrate World Environment Day, every year. By doing so, severe environmental consequences can be prevented and the natural habitat will be liberated from plastics.
Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment, stated on India's pledge: "This has been the biggest, most resonant World Environment Day ever, thanks to the leadership of our global host India". Except for this move, Narendra Modi announced a national marine litter campaign and a programme to measure how much plastic enters India's coastal waters.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that there would be more plastic than fish by 2050 if the present trends continue.
Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Mahesh Sharma called for action against plastic pollution.
He said that India is taking every action to fulfil its commitment and goal under the PA and SDGs.
It is estimated that over 20 million plastic bottles are littered in Scotland each year and that approximately 120,000 tonnes of plastic packaging waste is produced from households in Scotland each year, according to Zero Waste Scotland.