- PM Modi reaffirmed his commitment to a healthier earth for the future
- Several cricketers and actors tweeted on the necessity to end plastic use
- India alone generates more than 40,000 tonnes of plastic waste daily
New Delhi: From requesting people to curb the use of plastic to asking them to strengthen their resolve to make the earth a better place, celebrities, sportspersons and politicians took to Twitter to celebrate Earth Day, and give a gentle reminder on why the Earth needs to be taken care of. This year’s Earth Day theme is End Plastic Pollution as the global plastic waste crisis continues to choke the planet. In India, more than 40,000 tonnes of plastic waste is generated daily, of which 60 per cent is recycled and the rest ends up in landfills, rivers or lakes, choking the country’s entire ecosystem.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted about the reaffirming commitment towards creating a better planet for the future generation. In his tweet, PM Modi said that the menace of climate change can only be countered by working together. The Prime Minister also complimented organisations which are working towards promoting harmony with nature and ensuring sustainable development.
I compliment all those individuals and organisations who are working towards promoting harmony with nature and ensuring sustainable development. #EarthDay
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 22, 2018
On #EarthDay, let us reaffirm our commitment towards creating a better planet for our future generations. Let us work together to mitigate the menace of climate change. This would be a great tribute to our beloved Mother Earth.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 22, 2018
Union Minister for Health Jagat Prakash Nadda urged people to curb the use of plastics and polythene daily for Earth’s well-being. Plastic is non-biodegradable, thus it makes it non-compostable, so disposing it carelessly pollutes soil and water.
Earth is our home, and it is our responsibility to keep it clean and safe. On #EarthDay with focus on #EndPlasticPollution, urge all to curb use of plastics & polythene in daily life for well-being of mother Earth. pic.twitter.com/iFzuqAZ5YC
— Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) April 22, 2018
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu also tweeted on the occasion of Earth Day, stating that in Andhra Pradesh’s new capital Amaravati, the state government has focused on providing green cover, promoting electric vehicles and energy-efficient appliances to make the city eco-friendly.
In Amaravati, we are focussing on providing green cover, promoting electric vehicles & energy efficient appliances to make the city eco-friendly. This #EarthDay, we urge the citizens to do their bit for the environment. A green city is a happy city.
— N Chandrababu Naidu (@ncbn) April 22, 2018
Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar pointed out that the key action points to save the Earth were save electricity, conserve water and segregate and recycle waste. Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia also tweeted on the occasion, asking people to come together and work towards sustainable development in India.
To save the Earth our key action points:
1) Save Electricity
2) Conserve Water
3) Segregate & Recycle Waste
Let us all make a pledge to work on our action points. (2/2)#EarthDay
— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) April 22, 2018
On #EarthDay, let us pledge to come together to work towards sustainable development in India. As Gandhiji said, “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.”
— Jyotiraditya Scindia (@JM_Scindia) April 22, 2018
Former cricketer VVS Laxman also marked the occasion of Earth Day by announcing that days like these are gentle reminders to strengthen our resolve and make the earth a better place to live in.
"The earth is what we all have in common."
Day’s like #EarthDay are a gentle reminder to strengthen our resolve to make our mother earth a better place to live in. Let’s all contribute in the best possible way. pic.twitter.com/wd6pi7GAn3
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) April 22, 2018
Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh supporting the Earth Day initiative, said that we must make an effort to cut down on plastic products as much as possible, while urging everyone to keep the environment safe.
This #EarthDay let's make an effort to cut down on plastic products as much as possible, as they are very harmful to the Earth. I urge you all to help keep the environment safe. God bless ??#EndPlasticPollution
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) April 22, 2018
Opener Shikhar Dhawan also showed his support for Earth Day, stating that small contributions from everyone will make the world a healthier and cleaner place.
Let's take a pledge this #EarthDay to make this planet a better place for future generations to come! A small contribution by each one of us will go a long way to make this world a cleaner and healthier environment to live in?
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) April 22, 2018
Cricketer Yuvraj Singh also urged people to pledge for a healthier Earth by saying no to plastic.
A Healthy Earth means healthy all of us, according to @WHO #climatechange is expected to cause additional 250,000 death per year in near future. On #EarthDay let’s pledge to protect our planet and make it more green and healthy and say no to plastic
— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) April 22, 2018
Actor Dia Mirza, who is the UN Environment’s Goodwill Ambassador for India took to Twitter to pledge to beat plastic pollution and say no to single use plastics. The actor also participated in a beach cleanup on Earth Day at the Dadar beach in Mumbai, along with Shiv Sena politician Aditya Thackeray.
Celebrate #EarthDay with pledging to #BeatPlasticPollution! Say No to #SingleUsePlastics #BeatPollution #EarthDay2018 #EndPlasticPollution #CleanSeas @AUThackeray @swachhbharat @UNEnvironment @UNinIndia @chinukofficial @AfrozShah1 ?? pic.twitter.com/Dusi5uT4DQ
— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) April 22, 2018
Actor Randeep Hooda took a slightly different route and instead of a regular message, put up a popular meme as a tweet to signify the importance of saying no to plastics.
— Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) April 22, 2018
Anushka Sharma also expressed how disheartened she was to see plastic causing destruction of wildlife. She urged people to wake up, act and put an end to the plastic menace now.
It's so disheartening and terrible to see our plastic addiction destroy wildlife and mother nature. This #EarthDay it's time to wake up, start acting and put an end to it now! #EndPlasticPollutionhttps://t.co/rD9H93YoL1
— Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) April 22, 2018
Actor Juhi Chawla, who has been vocal on social media about environmental concerns, put up a post urging people to do their bit and curb the plastic problem.
Heartbreaking sight on Earth Day! Just travelled to Delhi and Ahmedabad… the streets are a mess ..!! its plastic, plastic, plastic everywhere .. and cows foraging for food nearby. Wake up! Do your little… for little drops of water make the mighty ocean ? #EarthDay pic.twitter.com/uUnd7rtrzd
— Juhi Chawla (@iam_juhi) April 22, 2018
Artist Sudarshan Pattnaik, renowned for his sand art, created a 3D sand art at Puri with the message ‘Stop pollution, Save earth.’ Mr Pattnaik has been at the forefront of spreading the word on the importance of environmental consciousness via his sand art.
On #EarthDay with focus on #EndPlasticPollution, appeal all to curb use of plastics & polythene in daily life for well-being of Mother Earth. My #3DSandArt at Puri beach with message "Stop pollution Save earth ". pic.twitter.com/OKhy7lIe15
— Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) April 22, 2018
Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, known for his Rally for Rivers campaign, tweeted saying that a lack of human consciousness was the reason for Earth’s potential expiry date, and urged people to act now to save the planet.
It is a lack of human consciousness that has rendered Mother Earth, the very basis of our existence, into a commodity with an expiry date. Let our time on Earth be the best time; we must act now. #EarthDay #SadhguruQuotes pic.twitter.com/GQZUsyohnn
— Sadhguru (@SadhguruJV) April 22, 2018
Earth Day 2018’s theme End Plastic Pollution comes at a time when the world is struggling to tackle the plastic menace. Discarded plastic waste has become a headache for the world at large as landfills, oceans, rivers and lakes are filling up with plastic waste, severely hampering human, animal and marine life. Lessening individual usage and consumption of plastic items is one of the steps that can make a gradual impact and help the Earth recover from drowning into a sea of plastic.