New Delhi: “Together, let us ensure that our future generations live in a clean and green planet, in harmony with nature”, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of the World Environment Day as he highlighted the importance of environment. The Prime Minister took it to social media and shared a video through which he focused on how development and environment can coexist together. He said, “This year’s theme is ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’. I appeal to you that keeping in mind the value and importance of the theme, we all should ensure that we don’t use polythene and low grade plastic.”
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 5, 2018
Wishing World Environment Day, President Ram Nath Kovind said, it is our duty to leave a greener and eco-friendly legacy to our children.
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
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu too urged people to join the campaign and end the use of single-use plastic and protect the environment. He further said, “From times immemorial, Indians believed in living with nature as encapsulated in ‘Vruksho Rakshathi Rakshithaha’. Let us get back to our roots and preserve our culture and nature. All of us have a responsibility to handover a greener and cleaner planet for our future generations.”
*Nature, Culture for Better future*
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
— VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) June 5, 2018
Union Environment Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan encouraged people to refuse plastic because it chokes the Earth and it is dangerous for animals and marine life. He further said, if you can’t reuse it, refuse.
Plastic is convenient, but it chokes the earth, for ages to come; kills thousands of animals, marine lives. Give up plastic; at least refuse, if you can’t re-use it. #BeatPlaticPollution, #WED2018, #GreenGoodDeeds, @WED2018India, @UNEnvironment, @ErikSolheim, @moefcc pic.twitter.com/MzaMTrX5VE
— Dr. Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) June 5, 2018
Piyush Goyal, Minister for Railways and Coal, shared the railways way to Beat Plastic Pollution. For a greener planet, railways has started using fully biodegradable packages. Sharing the news, the minister took it to twitter and said, “A Small Step to Beat Plastic Pollution: On #WorldEnvironmentDay, Indian Railways has started using fully biodegradable packages in 4 Shatabadi and 4 Rajadhani trains from Delhi, contributing towards a greener planet.”
A Small Step to Beat Plastic Pollution: On #WorldEnvironmentDay, Indian Railways has started using fully biodegradable packages in 4 Shatabadi and 4 Rajadhani trains from Delhi, contributing towards a greener planet. pic.twitter.com/ILcwHN1wgK
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) June 5, 2018
Sharing the statistics and the grim reality on the plastic waste generated in India, every day, Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, tweeted, “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.”
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
Joining the bandwagon, B. S. Yeddyurappa, former Chief Minister of Karanataka, said, this year’s theme is a call to action for all of us to join hands and combat the issue of plastic pollution.
On #WorldEnvironmentDay, let us pledge to collectively work and dedicate ourselves to keep our earth clean and green.
— B.S. Yeddyurappa (@BSYBJP) June 5, 2018
While B. S. Yeddyurappa asked to dedicate ourselves to keep our Earth clean and green, Minister for Law and Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad asked to focus on awareness that can lead us to sustainable development.
— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) June 5, 2018
Chief Minister of Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar shared pledge to protect Earth, its environment and valuable natural resources to keep the planet clean and green.
Environment plays a vital role in our lives. On #WorldEnvironmentDay, let’s pledge to collectively work in the direction of saving our Earth, its environment and precious natural resources to keep our beloved planet clean and green. pic.twitter.com/Sjs4t7M97L
— Manohar Lal (@mlkhattar) June 5, 2018
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani also urged people to go green. He tweeted, “Let’s pledge to go Green and Clean together on this #WorldEnvironmentDay.”
— CMO Gujarat (@CMOGuj) June 5, 2018
Following the same suit, Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal, too advocated for a plastic free India and asked people to make every day the Word Environment Day. She said “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.”
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
Amidst this, Trivendra S Rawat, Chief Minister of Uttrakhand, shared the news of Chamoli Police that has converted a dump yard into a herbal garden. He said, “The herbal garden started last year on a dump yard, saw production of Kesar for the first time- this herbal garden has almost 50 varieties of precious herbs.”
On the occasion of #WorldEnvironmentDay , I wish to share news of another great achievement by @chamolipolice – the herbal garden started last year on a dump yard, saw production of Kesar for the first time- this herbal garden has almost 50 varieties of precious herbs. pic.twitter.com/YcPPpTXxNw
— Trivendra S Rawat (@tsrawatbjp) June 5, 2018
Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia shared UN Environment’s post stating the amount of plastic we generate annually and how it is managed. He said how pivotal it is to take responsibility and some actions to #BeatPlasticPollution.
On #WorldEnvironmentDay, here's a sobering reminder of what our actions are doing to our environment. It's time to go beyond words and take responsibility to #BeatPlasticPollution. Let us vow to refuse, re-use and reduce single use plastics in our daily routines. https://t.co/aCUpj1S9lZ
— Jyotiraditya Scindia (@JM_Scindia) June 5, 2018
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, wished World Environment Day by sharing Andhra Pradesh’s plan to become India’s first 100 per cent natural farming state. In his tweet, he talked about Zero-Budget Natural Farming contract signed with Sustainable India Finance Facility on June 2.
We have envisioned AP to become a model of sustainable development. The ZBNF program promoting 100% natural farming and harvest of solar and wind energy, are few steps taken towards achieving this dream. #WorldEnvironmentDay
— N Chandrababu Naidu (@ncbn) June 5, 2018
Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi, asked to bring in a change by giving green lessons to children as they are quick learners.
Children are quick learners !
Give them a conducive environment to flourish. Teach them #Green lessons that will make their future greener.
— Maneka Gandhi (@Manekagandhibjp) June 5, 2018