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List the actions that the government has taken to combat plastic pollution in the nation. Do you believe that a globally binding agreement on plastics and plastic pollution is the best course of action to deal with this menace? State your opinion

Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.

6. List the actions that the government has taken to combat plastic pollution in the nation. Do you believe that a globally binding agreement on plastics and plastic pollution is the best course of action to deal with this menace? State your opinion. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Down to Earth

Why the question:

The plastic consumption across G20 countries is expected to nearly double by 2050, according to a new report. The volume of plastic consumed across the G20 countries will grow to 451 million tonnes by 2050 from 261 million tonnes in 2019, the report Peak Plastics: Bending the Consumption Curve published February 26, 2023 showed.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about India’s measures against plastic pollution and the need for a legally binding global treaty on plastics and plastic pollution.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by giving statistic about level of plastic in India and globally.

Body:

In the first part, write about measures taken by India – notified phasing out of selected single-use plastic items from July 1, 2022. It has also notified the draft EPR regulations in the subcontinent, which focus on collection targets, recycling targets, reuse and use of recycled content in packaging etc.

Next, write about the pros and cons of having a legally binding global treaty on plastics and plastic pollution.

Conclusion:

Conclude by writing a balanced opinion on legally binding global treaty on plastics and plastic pollution.