World Environment Day 2018 Highlights: Host Nation India Focuses On 'Beat Plastic Pollution' Theme

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World Environment Day 2018 Highlights: Host Nation India Focuses On 'Beat Plastic Pollution' Theme

World Environment Day 2018: India is the host country for this year's celebration.

New Delhi:  World Environment Day is the United Nations' (UN) most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries. World Environment Day is the "people's day" for doing something to take care of the Earth.

Each World Environment Day is organised around a theme that focuses attention on a particularly pressing environmental concern. The theme for the World Environment Day 2018, "Beat Plastic Pollution".

The theme invites everyone to consider how they can make changes in their everyday lives to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on our natural places, our wildlife - and their own health. While plastic has many valuable uses, we have become over-reliant on single-use or disposable plastic - with severe environmental consequences.

Every World Environment Day has a different global host country, where the official celebrations take place. This year it is India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address an event marking the World Environment Day today. He will also visit the exhibition set up on the occasion at the Rajpath lawns.

Here are the highlights on the World Environment Day 2018:


Jun 05, 2018
18:54 (IST)
On World Environment Day, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) today said a 'zero-effect, zero-defect' khadi product was a major agent in humanity's fight against global warming and climate degradation, reports PTI.

KVIC chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said for more than 60 years, khadi has been linked with India's fight for freedom and today it has emerged as one of the most eco-friendly products.

He said that khadi has not only given India a unique identity, rather it also coexists with the most modern spinning and weaving mills and has the potential to make a place to itself in the international textile scene.
Jun 05, 2018
18:43 (IST)
Jun 05, 2018
18:27 (IST)
"Our traditions emphasize on living in harmony with nature. We are committed to raising standards of living of people, in a sustainable and green manner," says PM Narendra Modi at function to mark World Environment Day.
Jun 05, 2018
16:39 (IST)
Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling today said it is duty of the people to protect environment from destruction in order to provide a better place for the future generations to live in.

"On the World Environment Day, let us remember that we have a responsibility to protect our Mother Earth for our future generation," he said in a message. On this occasion, the chief minister called for a ban on use of plastics as a measure to save environment.
Jun 05, 2018
15:02 (IST)
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar posted a video message on twitter on the World Environment Day:
Jun 05, 2018
14:14 (IST)
Tamil Nadu To Ban Use Of Plastic Items From 2019
Chief Minister E Palaniswami's announcement in the state assembly regarding the banning use of plastic items coincided with International Environment Day today.

Tamil Nadu To Ban Use Of Plastic Items From 2019
Jun 05, 2018
14:13 (IST)
Sand Artist Sudarsan Pattnaik Creates Big Sand Turtle On World Environment Day
Plastic bottles have been used on the sculpture with message "Beat plastic pollution".

Sand Artist Sudarsan Pattnaik Creates Big Sand Turtle On World Environment Day
Jun 05, 2018
11:53 (IST)
Tamil Nadu government bans plastic manufacture and use of water bottles, bags, cups, straw etc from January 1, 2019.

Plastic packaging will only be allowed for milk, curd and medical items.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami has announced the plan for plastic free Tamil Nadu in state assembly.
Jun 05, 2018
11:48 (IST)
Crickter Rohit Sharma tweeted a message on World Environment Day:
Jun 05, 2018
11:40 (IST)
Minister of Railways and Coal, Piyush Goyal tweeted about the initiative taken by railways to beat plastic pollution on this World Environment Day:
Jun 05, 2018
11:28 (IST)
This has been a concern for me and many other people including United Nations. It's just that now there is a concrete action in the direction. Plastic is a classic case of, whatever is given to us, we know how to make a problem out of it, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev said to news agency ANI.

Jun 05, 2018
10:08 (IST)
Union Minister of State for Environment, Dr Mahesh Sharma told ANI that, "plastic is a necessity for us, but it shouldn't become a curse. We have to abolish the use of single-use plastic in the world. We have a responsibility towards environment and mother nature".

Jun 05, 2018
09:52 (IST)
Our aim is to make India and world's home plastic-free to avoid enormous pollution to our environment and to our own health. This must stop and there's no one better to inspire to this than Mahatma Gandhi and Sadhguru, said UN Environment Executive Director, Erik Solheim to news agency ANI.

Jun 05, 2018
09:20 (IST)
The Wildlife Conservation trust posted a worrisome image along with a message on twitter:
Jun 05, 2018
09:06 (IST)
A billboard portraiting a man, surfing a wave made out of plastic bags and bottles, to denounce ocean's pollution is pictured in Santiago on the eve of the World Environment Day.

Jun 05, 2018
08:49 (IST)
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took twitter to convey wishes on the World Environment Day:
President Kovind conveyed his wishes and a message on this World Environment Day: Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu conveyed a message on this World Environment Day:
Jun 05, 2018
08:47 (IST)
Jun 05, 2018
08:30 (IST)
Many political leaders have joined in the moment:

Member of Parliament and President of the BJP Yuva Morcha, Poonam Mahajan tweeted: Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) MLA Kapil Mishra tweeted about the condition of Delhi and appealed the public to take measures before the water crisis gets worse:
Jun 05, 2018
08:22 (IST)
Jun 05, 2018
08:20 (IST)
PM Modi tweeted a message and conveyed his greeting on this World Environment Day:
Jun 05, 2018
08:18 (IST)
The famous Indian Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a sand turtle installation with plastic bottles at Puri beach in Odisha on this on World Environment Day:

Jun 05, 2018
08:14 (IST)
Others also joined in the movement:
Jun 05, 2018
08:09 (IST)
Various celebrities have also joined in to the movement and tweeted about the little initiatives they are taking on this World Environment Day.

Dia Mirza, who is also the UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador, suggested few initiatives we can take on this World Environment Day:

Jun 05, 2018
08:03 (IST)
Here are the few things we can do on this World Environment Day to save earth:

1. Beat plastic by using refillable water bottles
2. Find alternatives, instead of plastic 3. Switch to bio-degradable sanitary napkins
Jun 05, 2018
07:58 (IST)
World Environment Day, 2018: This year the theme is Beat Plastic Pollution
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