New Delhi: “For World Environment Day, I am giving up disposable plastic bottles to beat plastic pollution,” pledges Union Environment Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan as he accepts Erik Solheim’s #BeatPlasticPollution challenge, which has been initiated by UN Environment ahead of 45th World Environment Day celebrations in India. Dr. Harsh Vardhan further nominated Actor Amitabh Bachchan, Cricketer Virat Kohli and Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Dr Jitendra Singh for the challenge and said,
My friends in the UN have started this chain of beat plastic pollution and thousands of people across the globe are joining us in this fight. I am tagging my friends – Amitabh Bachchan, Virat Kohli and Dr Jitendra Singh. We all need to show the world, how together we all can take collective actions to reduce consumption of single-use plastic.
Watch Dr Harsh Vardhan’s Message
Thank you @ErikSolheim for the tag! For #WorldEnvironmentDay2018, I'm getting rid of plastic water bottles to #BeatPlasticPollution. Am asking friends @SrBachchan @imVkohli and @DrJitendraSingh to go for it! Shun that single use plastic !
Tag, you’re it !! pic.twitter.com/sJkFFNuVCP
— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) June 2, 2018
For World Environment Day 2018, Dr Harsh Vardhan has already taken few initiatives – from undertaking the clean-up of 48 polluted waterbodies – beaches, riverfronts, and lakes across the country to requesting all schools and ministries in India to go plastic-free, the environment ministry has left no stones unturned to make this year’s World Environment Day celebrations a grand affair.
During the official launch of 45th World Environment Day celebrations in India, the minister also urged citizens to make this event a success, he said,
I urge people to make this World Environment Day a successful event – come out join the clean-up activities happening around the world, do one green good regularly and ditch one single-use plastic – bottles, poly bags, to name a few completely from your life.