The Minister said plastic menace was not only an environmental issue, but also a major socio-economic development challenge and clearly among the tragedies of the 21st century.
Today, plastic poses one of the greatest threats to our natural environment all the more so because it is both cheap and easily available.
Just nine percent of the nine billion tonnes of plastic the world has ever produced has been recycled.
"On the World Environment Day, we reaffirm our commitment to a cleaner and sustainable planet". He said, the motto of the Government is more crop per drop.
Did you know that globally, we dump around eight million tonnes of plastics into the sea every year?
He said, three hundred million LED bulbs are being installed across India which has saved electricity and also prevented huge additional amounts of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere.
Around 10 percent is incinerated without producing any energy and less than 10 percent ends up in landfill. He said, India is reducing its dependence on fossil fuels and it is switching sources of fuel where possible. "India is preparing to join the "Clean Seas Campaign" and make its contribution towards saving our oceans", said Modi.
Pointing to the International Solar Alliance, Kochi airport, which is the world's first solar-powered airport, and the world's biggest solar power plant in Tamil Nadu, Solheim believed that the world can learn much from India. This year it is India. It is we all who must step in this initiative to play our part.
"Environmental degradation hurts the poor and vulnerable the most".
"Plastic pollution is particularly insidious because once plastics enter into the environment, they do not biodegrade, but simply break down into smaller pieces over time", says Minister Molewa.
Coca-Cola sustainability manager South Pacific Sarah Prestwood said the seven-year timeframe in shifting to recyclable packaging was due to it being a complex task.
An event dedicated to "Beat Plastic Pollution" is buzzing in the streets of Bandra at Mumbai. Five industry leaders also took environment protection pledges at the plenary session.
Every year, 91 countries, and hundreds of green awareness campaigns and organisations, including TGRC, come together to celebrate this significant day concerning our environment.
Each World Environment Day is organised around a theme that focuses attention on a particularly pressing environmental concern.