But there are signs of action to limit plastic pollution, which harms life in the oceans, contaminates soils and releases toxic chemicals when burnt. This theme requires all of us to consider and change our lifestyle towards reducing plastic pollution in our country, especially from "single use plastics".
"The Government of Canada will continue to drive progress on the environmental challenges we face as a global community, and protect the clean air and water we share".
Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland, added: "There's an enormous opportunity to turn single-use plastic bottles into a valuable resource if placed in the correct recycling bins".
Ghana on Tuesday joined the worldwide community to mark the World Environment Day with a call on the citizenry to all join hands in dealing with the plastic waste menace, by adopting the right attitudes towards waste management.
The UN said more than 60 countries had introduced bans and levies on single-use plastic items like bags.
On World Environment Day, Prime Minister Modi expressed his government's commitment to the sustainable development goals.
Elsewhere, however, things have not gone well and urgent action is needed.
During the awareness campaign, raising stint environmental activists expressed their views on plastic becoming an environmental hazard in both the rural and urban areas of Pakistan.
By 2050, it is estimated that there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans.
Among the programs organized on World Environment Day in the capital, Sadguru, UN Environment director and Brand Ambassador Dia Mirza launched a campaign in Central Park to stop the use of plastics. And one out of five plastic bottles is recycled.
The United Nations warns that 360 million tonnes of plastic is produced each year, and levels are set to nearly double to 619 million tonnes by 2030, with cigarette butts, drinks bottles and caps and food wrappers the most common single-use plastics.
The celebration of World Environment Day started in 1974 with the objective of raising awareness, supporting action and driving change.