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:
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.
Let's not make 'looking after our environment' an event which comes few times a year. Let's make it a part of our daily routine. Something we pass on to the next generation #ThereIsNoPlanetB#WorldEnvironmentDay - Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) June 5, 2018
A Small Step to Beat Plastic Pollution: On #WorldEnvironmentDay, Indian Railways has started using fully biodegradable packages in 4 Shatabadi and 4 Rajadhani trains from Delhi, contributing towards a greener planet. pic.twitter.com/ILcwHN1wgK- Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) June 5, 2018
To mark the occasion of #WorldEnvironmentDay and as a small step towards its contribution to greener environment, IRCTC has today introduced complete biodegradable containers #BeatPlasticPollution for serving of breakfast and meals in several Shatabdi and Rajdhani Trains. pic.twitter.com/HApjtK6TZ4- Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) June 5, 2018
Plastic constitutes 10% of total waste generated on Earth. Half of it is single-use plastic! Its non-biodegradable nature exposes humans & wildlife to carcinogens. Lets rid our planet of disposable plastics. REFUSE better than REDUCE better than REUSE! @SanctuaryAsia@GargiRawatpic.twitter.com/KX48NWEDjo- WCT (@WCT_India) June 5, 2018
President Kovind conveyed his wishes and a message on this World Environment Day:
Today is World Environment Day. Following this year's theme, let us pledge to 'beat plastic pollution'. Let us pledge to make every day #WorldEnvironmentDay- Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) June 5, 2018
Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu conveyed a message on this World Environment Day:
On World Environment Day, we reaffirm our commitment to a cleaner and sustainable planet. India is hosting the global celebrations this year. And we are obligated to bequeathing a greener and eco-friendly legacy to our children #PresidentKovind- President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) June 5, 2018
*Nature, Culture for Better future*- VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) June 5, 2018
Let us take a pledge to 'Beat Plastic Pollution', the theme of World Environment Day today. Time has come for every individual to join the campaign to end single-use plastic and protect the environment. #WorldEnvironmentDaypic.twitter.com/uwpmP2cMR1
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:
If we can't reuse it, refuse to use it !- Poonam Mahajan (@poonam_mahajan) June 5, 2018
Let's take the oath to beat Plastic Pollution this #WorldEnvironmentDay and make our environment greener & cleaner.
आज #WorldEnvironmentDay हैं।- Kapil Mishra (@KapilMishra_IND) June 5, 2018
New Delhi is facing worst ever water crisis
Time to learn our lessons
Let's make River Yamuna Clean, let's revive River Yamuna in Delhi
मेरा सपना, मेरा संकल्प - दिल्ली में अविरल निर्मल यमुना नदी
It takes one small step to #BeatPlasticPollution! I've replaced using plastic bottles with a metal one. It's convinient & environment friendly. Tagging @AnushkaSharma@RanveerOfficial & @ParineetiChopra to take up the challenge & inspire others to choose a sustainable future. pic.twitter.com/JNWbIgiVU8- Arjun Kapoor (@arjunk26) June 3, 2018
Dee!!!🌟😘😘 Thank you for taking up this wonderful initiative & for making sure we stay responsible always! 😊🤗- Aditi Rao Hydari (@aditiraohydari) June 3, 2018
Nominating @DianaPenty, @sonamakapoor, @RajkummarRao & @ReallySwara. Hope you guys are up for a challenge! 😏☺️#BeatPlasticPollution#WorldEnvironmentDay@deespeakpic.twitter.com/D8PDkaM4tI
I hereby challenge, @SrBachchan@AnupamPKher@sachin_rt@KKRiders@sonamakapoor@RajkummarRao@mrsfunnybones@jiteshpillaai@realpreityzinta@Varun_dvn@TheShilpaShetty@AnilKapoor@priyankachopra- Juhi Chawla (@iam_juhi) June 4, 2018
I hope you complete the challenge & tag others too😇 #BeatPlasticPollutionpic.twitter.com/x1ZpdjwcWO
#BeatPlasticPollution by switching to steel or glass bottles today! Plastic bottles take 450 years or more to decompose, harming us and our environment. I'm now one step closer towards purging plastic from my life. Hope you guys will make the switch too!#LetsCoexist@deespeakpic.twitter.com/VyI70hggRv- Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) June 3, 2018
Dia Mirza, who is also the UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador, suggested few initiatives we can take on this World Environment Day:
Tag, I'm it - thanks for tagging me @adriangrenier! I switched to biodegradable sanitary napkins when I realised they are made mostly of plastic!#BeatPlasticPollution with @UNEnvironment for #WorldEnvironmentDay! Hey @sahil_sangha@aliaa08@JNJCares - Tag, you're it! pic.twitter.com/gmi8prQERU- Dia Mirza (@deespeak) May 27, 2018
Have you joined our Tag Challenge yet? You can #BeatPlasticPollution by sharing a video or photo showing a sustainable alternative you have replaced single use plastics with and tag three friends to do the same! Don't forget the #BeatPlasticPollution ! #WorldEnvironmentDaypic.twitter.com/uXpIknkS1a- Dia Mirza (@deespeak) June 2, 2018
3. Switch to bio-degradable sanitary napkins
For consumers, the #BeatPlasticPollution action is clear - if you can't reuse it, refuse it.- UN Environment (@UNEnvironment) June 2, 2018
But what about manufacturing? Here are some innovative alternatives to help fight plastic waste. https://t.co/f2cJIaAYyW
Single use plastics are choking up our planet and our oceans. We must all take individual action and embrace the efforts of young people to care for environment. Nairobi is on board to #BeatPlasticPollution and keep our environment green! Tag you're all it! pic.twitter.com/g5tgrBcbDm- UN Environment (@UNEnvironment) May 29, 2018