World Environment Day 2018 Celebrations Kick Off in India

“Beat Plastic Pollution” is the theme of this year’s World Environment Day and the inaugural session focused on the management of plastic pollution.

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The global celebrations of World Environment Day 2018, being hosted by India, kicked off with three thematic sessions being held at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.

“Beat Plastic Pollution” is the theme of this year’s World Environment Day and the inaugural session focused on the management of plastic pollution.

Speaking On this occasion, Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr Mahesh Sharma pointed out that the need of the hour is to create a social awareness, particularly among the youth, on reducing the single use of plastic and its reuse.

He said that the menace of plastic cannot be tackled till a win-win situation is created for all the stakeholders with regard to the use of plastic.

While emphasising the importance of extended producer responsibility in reducing the use of plastic, the Minister gave a call to rope in the organised sector to retrieve, recycle and reuse plastic.

Commenting on the occasion, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, C.K Mishra, highlighted the need to introspect on what can be done individually, as well as collectively to reduce the use of plastic.

He added that the need of the hour is to launch a strong campaign to say no to the single use of plastic.

On the other hand, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Durga Shankar Mishra said that single-use plastics are a concern because they are non-biodegradable.

“Total plastic produced in the last decade is more than that generated in the whole century,” he added.

While addressing the gathering, European Union (EU) Ambassador to India, Tomasz Kozlowski praised India’s leadership role on environmental issues. Highlighting the concept of “Plogging”, (combination of picking up plastic waste and jogging) the EU Ambassador said that this concept is popular in several European nations and can be used to reduce plastic pollution.

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Manu Tayal

Manu Tayal

Manu is an Associate Editor at Saur Energy International where she writes and edits clean & green energy news, featured articles and interview industry veterans with a special focus on solar, wind and financial segments.

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