In order to combat the rising climate problems, Pakistan authorities have put a ban on the use of plastic bags in its capital city Islamabad.
Zartaj Gul, the mister of state for climate change, announced the ban and warned hefty fines for the ones who violate the law. She announced fines ranging from Rs. 100,000 to Rs. 500,000 for those who manufacture the plastic bags. She urged them to adapt and cooperate in order to deal with climate change and global warming problems.
She said, “Plastic production is on an upward trend worldwide and is estimated to be a major hurdle in accomplishing some stated goals of the historic Paris Climate change agreement as it will make up 13% of the total “carbon budget.”
Considering the facts of a considerable role of plastic bags in increasing the global warming crisis, Gul emphasized the need for an urgent step. A report issued by the Center for International Environmental Law stated that the adverse effects of plastic bags on climate change are usually kept hidden deliberately.
Ms. Gul also suggested and urged people to use reusable plastic bags, and the Pakistan government will help in making easy availability of these bags.
While talking about the implementation of the ban of plastic bags, she said: “Implementation will be strict, and raids will be carried out with the assistance of law enforcement.” She further added, “Plastic bags are the biggest problem in choking drains, sewerage systems, and streams.”
The ruling party Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf, widely known as PTI, is quite determined in making positive changes into the environment. Their “Billion Treen” program in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province has gained appreciation from around the world.
Ms. Gul said, “It is time the government started to treat global warming as the chief threat to the human race that it is and spending adequate time and resources on it.”