New Delhi: Speaking at the 12-hour Swasthagraha by NDTV and Dettol’s Banega Swasth India campaign this morning, UN Environment’s Goodwill Ambassador For India, Dia Mirza, urged people to refuse single-use plastic items and find alternatives to replace them.
Plastic has become an invasive part of our lives,” she said. “It’s almost as if we don’t see the plastic.
Ms Mirza spoke about how the ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ campaign that she is associated with teaches people to identify the amount of plastic they use before moving on to replace it.
Once you start seeing the plastic in your lives, you discover that you can find alternatives, she said. Start with seeing it.
The 37-year-old also identified some of the biggest sources of plastic and single-use plastic in our lives. Bottled water, plastic bags and plastic straws, she pointed out, are all easily “refusable” and can be substituted with more eco-friendly options.
Listen to her below:
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also urged citizens to shun single-use plastic. “I am not saying use of plastic should be stopped. What I said single-use plastic should be stopped,” PM Modi had said to party members in Chennai on Monday.
His call to shun single-use plastic was reiterated by Union Home Minister Amit Shah this morning as he addressed a rally ahead of the ‘Gandhi Sankalp Yatra’. Highlighting the perils of single-use plastic, Mr Shah said it takes nearly 400 years for it to degrade.