Odisha Celebrates "World Environment Day"

Doug Carpenter
June 7, 2018

"At one month post launching this initiative, we saw a drop in the dry waste accumulation from 190 kgs to 100 kgs".

The plastic pollution can be beaten only when awareness is generated at a mass level, he said.

When Parmar was asked if the Gujarat government planned to ban plastic, he said: "The issue needs careful consideration and we can not announce a plastic ban abruptly".

PM Modi in the 44th edition of "Mann Ki Baat" had stated, "On the 5th of June, our nation, India will officially host the World Environment Day Celebrations".

He said: "We are flagging off the occasion with a walk and we want to involve everyone because we all have roles to play in taking care of the environment". He said, India is already the 5th largest producer of Solar energy in the World and it is also the 6th largest producer of renewable energy in the World.

Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Harsh Vardhan on Monday asked citizens to act upon laws enacted on pollution and environment-related matters.

Shot by Thirumalai Ganesh Sheerapathi, his thought-provoking image titled "Planet or Plastic" shows a young child lifting a wave as it laps the shoreline, revealing plastic bottles underneath.

Mr Modi said, India is the fastest growing economy in the world today and the Government is committed to raise the standards of living of the people.

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Modi also took to Twitter to greet the people. This year it is India. 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 photo was captioned, "On #WorldEnvironmentDay put on this Suffocation Mask over your face for merely 10 seconds to understand what we are doing to the next generation & pitch for banning single-use plastic".

The theme of this year's Environment Day was specifically very pertinent in the context of Pakistan where the use of these plastic bags is still on the rise to alarming proportions and playing havoc with our environment, poisoning our oceans, land and our own health.

Mr Joseph Kofi Adda, Minister of Sanitation, hinted that government had released GH¢200 million to the Ministry to commence work on the various strategies that include education of school pupils and buying sanitation equipment. And one out of five plastic bottles is recycled.

He said the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari attaches much importance to the development of nation's environment.

"An average 13 million tonnes of plastic waste enter the water system around the world annually, resulting in pollution from drainages, rivers and seas and causing floods". Marine life, including fish for human consumption, is also affected by microplastics.

"Pledges like this ignore the stark reality of what's happening in this country - we've got plastic waste being stockpiled by councils with no place to go, there are no industrial-scale composting facilities for bioplastic and there are no bans on plastic bags, cutlery and other easy-to-eliminate plastic pollution".

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