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World Environment Day is the United Nation's most significant day of the year for encouraging worldwide awareness and action regarding the preservation of our environment.

New Zealand-based businesses that signed the NZ Plastic Packaging Declaration are Foodstuffs, Countdown, New Zealand Post and Frucor Suntory. Led by JSPL's Executive Director (i/c) and Location Head Atul Misra all the participants took an Oath to "Say No to Plastic" during the programme.

On the occasion, the Prime Minister released postage stamp on the theme beat the plastic pollution and publications.

"To meet the rising tide of plastics, we urgently need strong government leadership and intervention", the report said.

"We need action now". By doing so, severe environmental consequences can be prevented and the natural habitat will be liberated from plastics. This theme requires all of us to consider and change our lifestyle towards reducing plastic pollution in our country, especially from "single use plastics".

Through the case studies researchers found that targeted levies and bans, where properly planned and enforced, have been among the most effective strategies to limit overuse of disposable plastic products.

The UN chief said the world must unite to "beat plastic pollution" now, noting that microplastic particles in the ocean, "now outnumber stars in our galaxy".

Speaking at a day's event in Accra to celebrate this year's World Environment Day (WED), Prof Gordon, explained that nano plastics, due to it minute nature, cannot be easily seen and could affect humans' physiology.

Setting up an example for everyone on World Environment Day, a family from Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district has shun plastic bags to keep the planet clean and green.

Indeed the issue of plastic pollution along the country's coastal areas is a major concern and also worsening due to an inadequate solid waste disposal system in our cities and towns.

This World Environment Day UN Environment is asking you, companies and civil society groups, to take a concrete action to Beat Plastic Pollution.

The bank made the call in a statement signed by its Communication Officer, Climate Change and Green Growth Department, Mrs Sonia Borrini yesterday in Abuja.

The goal of celebrating world environment day is to bring worldwide focus on importance of environment and to stimulate attention and actions for improving the environment.

"Plastic pollution is a global challenge that does not respect borders - it litters our streets, accumulates in our landfills, and contaminates our rivers and oceans".

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