One of the countries that is plagued the most by plastic pollution is set to make the incredible move to ban single-use plastics. India is now the latest nation to wage war on plastic when Prime Minster Narendra Modi declared that the country will eliminate its use by 2022.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 5, 2018
The incredible announcement came on World Environment Day, in which the U.N. released a report with the announcement from India. The report highlighted that out of the 60 countries that have pledged to ban single-use plastics, the goals being set forth by India is the most progressive yet.
“The choices that we make today will define our collective future,” Modi said during the declaration. “The choices may not be easy. But through awareness, technology, and a genuine global partnership, I am sure we can make the right choices. Let us all join together to beat plastic pollution and make this planet a better place to live.” India is currently the 2nd most populated country in the world at almost 1.3 billion and pollution has quickly become one of their major concerns.
With one of longest coastlines in the world, the extreme amount of plastic reaching the ocean is staggering and India is committed to cleaning up rivers and oceans.
Along with the ban, Modi also said that India will launch a new initiative to monitor exactly how much plastic waste is flowing in the waterways and out to sea, and try and clean up as much marine garbage as possible.
For major world-wide change, countries such as India have to buy into a plastic free live style and this news is extremely encouraging. We can continue to work towards reducing total plastic usage everyday by reaching out to local business and elected officials.