Islamabad: According to press reports, Minister of Science and Technology Shibli Faraz remarked at a seminar titled “Challenges and Strategies for Effective Plastic Management to Improve Human Health” that regulatory power is required to solve environmental concerns.
In conjunction with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Global Water Challenge, the Coco-Cola Foundation, and New World, the Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) organised the seminar.
The minister noted at the event that environmental degradation is a worldwide issue that requires a joint approach. He asked scientists and university students to come up with innovative solutions to environmental problems and to improve the country’s socioeconomic situation.
UNESCO Country Director Patricia McPhillips told the seminar attendees that plastic pollution is the greatest significant danger to the environment and human health, and that reducing its impact requires a worldwide effort. She went on to warn that the worldwide production and consumption of plastic is increasing at an alarming rate. A public awareness campaign, as well as actions at the local level, were proposed by the director.