Celebrate Earth Day With A Pledge To Beat Pollution By Ditching Plastic: Dia Mirza

New Delhi: “Let’s all take the pledge on Earth Day, to ditch plastics from our lives, especially single-use plastics,” says actor and United Nations Environment Programme goodwill ambassador Dia Mirza as she celebrates World Earth Day 2018 by doing a clean-up at Dadar Beach and supporting Save The Beach’ campaign, the movement that was started last year in August by a group of volunteers after being inspired by Afroz Shah and Versova clean-up. With two key motives – one to educate people about the growing marine litter and how it is affecting the planet and the other to spread awareness about ongoing Maharashtra Plastic Ban and why it is good for the environment, actor Dia Mirza joined Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray and 400 Mumbaikars at Dadar beach.

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Speaking to NDTV, Dia further adds,

We all should come forward and celebrate this day like it is our birthday. I am joining ‘Save The Beach’ campaign in Dadar, the movement that was started last year by some of the individuals after being inspired by Afroz Shah. I hope there are more such citizens movements for Mumbai and other places because this kind of work actually shows how we all together are taking the life out of our planet. The waste we are creating is entering our oceans and slowly into our food chains. This is causing massive pollution and affecting all of us.

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Aaditya Thackeray, who has led a political effort to ban the use of single-use plastics in Maharashtra, said,

To all those people around the world, cleaning our cities, rivers, oceans or even taking care of them, is our duty. This is our wake up call! We perform or perish, and perform we must. Because there is no Plan or Planet B!

Both Dia Mirza and Aaditya Thackeray also launched a new campaign – ‘Give Us Your Pollution, We Will Give You Oxygen’, with an aim to ask people to give plastics from their life and in return take a plant home that will give them oxygen. Giving details about the new campaign, Chinu Kwatra who spearheads the mission told NDTV,

From today, Save The Beach campaign is not only about weekly clean-ups at Dadar beach. We will also start collecting plastics from individuals – they can give us anything, even just a plastic bottle. In return, we will give them a plant. Our aim is to plant more than 1 lakh trees in Mumbai by World Environment Day in June. Moreover, through this initiative, we want to educate people on the need to give up on the usage of plastics from their lives.

World Earth Day Network has also taken the pledge to plant 7.8 billion trees, one for every person on Earth by 2020, which is the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day. Taking that effort forward, Aaditya Thackeray and Dia Mirza also planted trees to create more greenery in Mumbai.

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  1. Every one is calling for ditching plastic but what is being done to stop the production of plastic bags. Why is no one talking about that. Every shopkeeper in India is committing a crime by storing and supplying plastic bags to customers. Why cant we educate them to stop giving plastic bags. Instead let them start proposing use of cloth reusable bags. If they think they will loose business that would be a false alarm. If the entire area is free of plastic bags the customer will automatically change.

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