New Delhi, June 5: Celebrated on June 5 every year, World Environment Day is the United Nation’s principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of the flaura and fauna.
Every World Environment Day has a different global host country, where the official celebrations take place. The focus on the host country helps highlight the environmental challenges it faces, and supports the effort to address them. This year’s host is India. The official theme is ‘Beating plastic pollution.’
Here’s how Indians have taken to Twitter to spread the message:
President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to reaffirm the commitment to a cleaner and sustainable planet and pledge to beat the plastic pollution.
“On the 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,” Kovind said in a tweet.
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
The Vice President pushed for the plastic ban, saying: “Let us take a pledge to ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’, the theme of the World Environment Day today. Time has come for every individual to join the campaign to end single-use plastic and protect the environment.”
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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. #WorldEnvironmentDay pic.twitter.com/uwpmP2cMR1
— Vice President of India (@VPSecretariat) June 5, 2018
PM Modi also took to Twitter to greet the people. “Together, let us ensure that our future generations live in a clean and green planet, in harmony with nature,” he said in a tweet.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 5, 2018
Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar urged people to vow not to use low-grade plastic.
“Fifteen thousand tonnes of plastic waste is generated every day, 9,000 tonnes is collected and recycled, but 6,000 tonnes of plastic waste is not collected and remain littered,” Javadekar said.
15,000 tonnes of plastic waste is generated every day, 9,000 tonnes is collected and recycled, but 6,000 tonnes of plastic waste is not collected and remain littered. #BeatPlasticPollution #WorldEnvironmentDay pic.twitter.com/D6GMFrhqau
— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) June 5, 2018
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad emphasised on raising awareness for “a cleaner and greener environment that can lead us to sustainable development”.
— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) June 5, 2018
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also urged people to pledge to “beat plastic pollution”.
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
The Congress also took to Twitter, pledging to protect and preserve the Environment, saying, “the Earth doesn’t belong to us but, we belong to the Earth”.
— Congress (@INCIndia) June 5, 2018
Popular actor and UN representative Dia Mirza took to Twitter as well, wishing everyone on World Environment Day.
— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) June 5, 2018
Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir too put forward some thought-provoking remarks.
I think instead of #WorldEnvironmentDay let’s rename it as #WorldSurvivalDay. May be then we’ll realise we are on the brink of our carelessness & greed-infused disasters. Just look at water crisis in Shimla.
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) June 5, 2018
Artist Sudarshan Pattnaik created the biggest sand turtle to spread the message of #beatplasticpollution.
— Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) June 4, 2018
Cricketer Rohit Sharma stressed on the fact that environment protection should not remain a one-day affair, but something that people look into everyday.
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