To mark #WorldEnvironmentDay, Government launches #SelfieWithSapling initiative

New Delhi: ‘For World Environment Day, I am happy to launch #SelfiewithSapling campaign, an initiative where I want to appeal to people to plant saplings around them and click selfies and then share it with us on social media using hashtag #SelfieWithSapling,’ said Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadkar as he urges people across the country to participate in this initiative and help Beat Air Pollution, which is also this year’s theme for world environment day.

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Further explaining the initiative, Mr Javadkar said, “Through this program, we want to create awareness among people on why it is important for each one of us to start taking care of our planet. The government believes that environmental protection is not only a government program but a people’s program and through this initiative, we are ensuring people’s participation.”

Mr Javadkar also highlighted details of the June 5 event that is expected to be held at Paryawaran Bhawan headquarters to mark 46th World Environment Day, he added,

On June 5, at Paryawaran Bhawan headquarters, Kapil Dev and Jackie Shroff will also participate in this campaign and plant trees to help spread the message. Let’s all come together and make this initiative a huge success, signs off the minister.

View Prakash Javadkar’s Message

This is not the only initiative that has been taken for World Environment Day, earlier, Ministry of Environment in collaboration with Bhamla Foundation, a Mumbai based non-governmental organisation (NGO), produced an official anthem for the day – ‘Hawa Aane De’ with an aim to highlight the steps that people can take at their level to reduce air pollution.

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About World Environment Day

The World Environment Day was first conceptualised in 1972, during the first day of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. Two years later, in 1974 the first world environment day was marked with the theme “Only One Earth”. The theme for World Environment Day 2019 is “Air pollution”. In 2018, India was the global host with the theme Beat Plastic Pollution. This time, China is hosting the World Environment Day with the call to action Beat Air Pollution.

Also Read: World Environment Day 2019 To Be Celebrated On June 5 With Beat Air Pollution As The Call To Action

NDTV – Dettol Banega Swachh India campaign lends support to the Government of India’s Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). Helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan, the campaign aims to spread awareness about hygiene and sanitation, the importance of building toilets and making India open defecation free (ODF) by October 2019, a target set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when he launched Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in 2014. Over the years, the campaign has widened its scope to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and menstrual hygiene. The campaign has also focused extensively on marine pollutionclean Ganga Project and rejuvenation of Yamuna, two of India’s major river bodies.

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