World Oceans Day 2021: Centre Launches A Two-Month Long ‘Plastic Hackathon’ Campaign On Plastic Waste Management To Save Oceans

World Oceans Day 2021: Centre Launches A Two-Month Long ‘Plastic Hackathon’ Campaign On Plastic Waste Management To Save Oceans

With an aim to find innovative solutions to the problem of plastic waste in the country, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has launched a two-month long ‘plastic hackathon’ targeting students and households to come up with alternatives for plastic and to improve plastic waste management
World Oceans Day 2021: Centre Launches A Two-Month Long 'Plastic Hackathon’ Campaign On Plastic Waste Management To Save OceansPlastic litter has adverse impacts on not only terrestrial but aquatic ecosystems also: Prakash Javadekar, Union Environment Minister
Highlights
  • June 8 marks World Oceans Day to raise awareness about crisis facing oceans
  • Plastic waste has emerged as a serious threat to the environment: Experts
  • Plastic litter has harmed aquatic ecosystems: MoEFCC

New Delhi: With an aim to raise awareness about the rising plastic pollution crisis facing the land and oceans, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), along with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) has launched a two-month-long campaign on the occasion of World Oceans Day, which is marked on June 8 every year. The day aims to inform the public about the adverse effects of human actions on the oceans. While launching the campaign, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the country is taking all steps to ensure that it becomes free of single-use plastic by 2022 as envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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The two-month-long ‘Plastic Hackathon 2021’ campaign focuses on plastic waste management and elimination of identified single-use plastics. While launching the campaign, Mr. Javadekar said that plastic litter has adverse impacts on not only terrestrial but aquatic ecosystems also. He said,

Prime Minister Modi pledged to make the country free of single-use plastic (SUP). We took several steps in that direction. The import of plastic waste has been banned. The states have been directed to ensure no use of SUP. Several states have already stopped using single-use plastic. We have notified plastic waste management rules under which plastic below 40 microns thickness cannot be used. We have also directed states to take action against companies producing plastic carry bags under 40-micron thickness.

According to Mr. Javadekar the campaign will be targeting all citizens including children and will be encouraging young innovators to come up with suitable alternatives to single-use plastics and identify new ways of plastic waste management. Mr. Javadekar took to Twitter and wrote,

Behavioural change among citizens and availability of alternatives to single-use plastic items are vital for the successful phase out of identified single-use plastic items.

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Giving details about the Plastic Hackathon 2021, Rameshwar Prasad Gupta, Secretary, MoEFCC said that under the campaign a series of events will be organised on reducing plastic waste generation, recognising the need of effective plastic waste management, increasing the awareness of suitable alternatives, sustainable consumption and production and extended producer responsibility.

Till the time online classes are going on for schools and colleges various activities like essay competitions will be organised for students with an aim to sensitise them on the issue of plastics, said Mr. Javadekar.

Experts have highlighted multiple times that plastic waste has emerged as a serious threat to the environment. Priti Mahesh, Chief Programme Coordinator at Toxics Link, a group of environmental activists working for environmental justice and freedom from toxins, said, since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country, plastic pollution has increased manifolds. She added that plastics waste littered on land is recognised as a major source of marine plastic waste found in oceans. International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), an international organisation working in the field of nature conservation and sustainable use of natural resources, has warned that at least 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in oceans every year and make up at least 80 per cent of all marine debris from surface waters to deep-sea sediments.

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NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene

World

17,66,30,634Cases
5,80,25,717Active
11,47,82,895Recovered
38,22,022Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 193 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 17,66,30,634 and 38,22,022 have died; 5,80,25,717 are active cases and 11,47,82,895 have recovered as on June 16, 2021 at 3:30 am.

India

2,96,33,105 62,224Cases
8,65,43247,946Active
2,83,88,100 1,07,628Recovered
3,79,573 2,542Deaths
In India, there are 2,96,33,105 confirmed cases including 3,79,573 deaths. The number of active cases is 8,65,432 and 2,83,88,100 have recovered as on June 16, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

59,24,773 7,652

1,41,440 8,982

56,69,179 15,176

1,14,154 1,458

Karnataka

27,77,010 5,041

1,62,303 9,859

25,81,559 14,785

33,148 115

Kerala

27,48,204 12,246

1,12,792 1,456

26,23,904 13,536

11,508 166

Tamil Nadu

23,78,298 11,805

1,25,215 11,669

22,23,015 23,207

30,068 267

Andhra Pradesh

18,20,134 5,741

75,134 4,879

17,32,948 10,567

12,052 53

Uttar Pradesh

17,03,207 270

7,221 890

16,74,072 1,104

21,914 56

West Bengal

14,68,044 3,268

20,046 1,125

14,30,949 2,068

17,049 75

Delhi

14,31,498 228

3,078 148

14,03,569 364

24,851 12

Chhattisgarh

9,88,172 609

11,717 943

9,63,113 1,544

13,342 8

Rajasthan

9,50,133 172

5,619 848

9,35,658 1,006

8,856 14

Odisha

8,59,526 3,405

44,358 3,436

8,11,780 6,799

3,388 42

Gujarat

8,21,078 352

8,884 658

8,02,187 1,006

10,007 4

Madhya Pradesh

7,88,649 224

3,610 331

7,76,424 528

8,615 27

Haryana

7,66,357 228

3,703 374

7,53,584 564

9,070 38

Bihar

7,17,949 410

4,360 412

7,04,075 813

9,514 9

Telangana

6,06,436 1,556

19,933 528

5,82,993 2,070

3,510 14

Punjab

5,89,153 628

10,802 1,111

5,62,701 1,691

15,650 48

Assam

4,66,590 3,415

41,184 475

4,21,378 2,906

4,028 34

Jharkhand

3,43,793 184

2,646 416

3,36,058 596

5,089 4

Uttarakhand

3,37,449 274

3,642 266

3,26,822 515

6,985 25

Jammu And Kashmir

3,08,726 715

12,407 1,125

2,92,114 1,830

4,205 10

Himachal Pradesh

1,99,197 321

4,050 382

1,91,737 691

3,410 12

Goa

1,63,048 327

4,175 231

1,55,926 548

2,947 10

Puducherry

1,13,192 355

4,668 279

1,06,828 629

1,696 5

Chandigarh

61,200 40

486 21

59,917 58

797 3

Manipur

61,096 785

8,744 301

51,354 476

998 8

Tripura

60,385 536

4,886 65

54,870 596

629 5

Meghalaya

42,759 450

4,430 99

37,579 542

750 7

Arunachal Pradesh

31,938 290

2,849 40

28,934 326

155 4

Nagaland

23,854 101

2,972 229

20,423 327

459 3

Ladakh

19,649 38

552 20

18,898 57

199 1

Sikkim

18,659 209

3,239 67

15,136 273

284 3

Mizoram

15,899 268

3,637 45

12,191 312

71 1

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,473 9

61 2

10,408 7

4

Lakshadweep

9,297 61

484 36

8,768 96

45 1

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,280 11

105 4

7,049 15

126

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