Washim Mia, Staff Correspondent: A round-table discussion on ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’, the theme of World Environment Day 2018, was held at the Auditorium of North South University (NSU) in Bashundhara, Dhaka today, 9thJune 2018.
The seminar was organized by Social Responsibility Asia (SR Asia), an international non-profit organization promoting CSR and sustainable development and SMS Environmental Alliance, an independent third party assessment and certification body.
The goal of the seminar is to raise awareness and urge governments, industry, communities, and individuals to come together and explore sustainable alternatives and urgently reduce the production and use of single-use plastic that pollutes oceans, damages marine life and threatens human health.
More than 200 delegates coming from RMG factories, brands, buyers, governmental bodies, NGOs, Universities, Ministries, retailers and from other entities joined the program.
With the moderation of Sumaya Rashid, Country Director- Social Responsibility Asia (SR Asia), in the round-table discussion Mr. Md. Abdul Alim, Bangladesh Representative, SMS Environment Alliance, the keynote speaker of the seminar, presented a research on “Tiny plastic – A silent killer”. In it, how plastic can be life-threatening at the end in terms of pollution is vividly discussed and he has sought the support from the government regarding this.
With Dr. Sultan Ahmed, Director General, Department of Environment- Ministry of Environment & Forest in the chair a panel discussion underwent in which Mr. Fahad Khan, Associate Director-United Group Mr. Zaki-Uz-Zaman,Country Representative-United Nations Industrial Development Organization(UNIDO) and Professor Mr. Zakaria Chowdhury, Chairman, Department of Environment of North South University took part
The speakers emphasizing on the pollution done by the plastic said that plastic is the easy one for daily use has already gone a long distance and polluted our world a lot, some 5.3 trillion pieces of plastic are still afloat in the oceans and by 2050, there will be more plastics than fish in the water. But timely and effective measures can make it a pause. This is ‘now or never’ situation and if we cut out disposables, recycle or reuse, it will be surely going to work.
The program was sponsored by United Group, one of the most recognized business houses and the 2nd largest private power developer in Bangladesh, North South University (NSU), the first private university in Bangladesh and The RMG Times, one of the most active textile related online news portals of the world.