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

17,59,54,708Cases
5,81,66,715Active
11,39,84,189Recovered
38,03,804Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 193 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 17,59,54,708 and 38,03,804 have died; 5,81,66,715 are active cases and 11,39,84,189 have recovered as on June 14, 2021 at 3:36 am.

India

2,95,10,410 70,421Cases
9,73,15853,001Active
2,81,62,947 1,19,501Recovered
3,74,305 3,921Deaths
In India, there are 2,95,10,410 confirmed cases including 3,74,305 deaths. The number of active cases is 9,73,158 and 2,81,62,947 have recovered as on June 14, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

59,08,992 10,442

1,58,617 167

56,39,271 7,504

1,11,104 2,771

Karnataka

27,65,134 7,810

1,80,856 10,961

25,51,365 18,646

32,913 125

Kerala

27,28,239 11,584

1,23,433 6,478

25,93,625 17,856

11,181 206

Tamil Nadu

23,53,721 14,016

1,49,927 12,146

21,74,247 25,895

29,547 267

Andhra Pradesh

18,09,844 6,770

85,637 5,780

17,12,267 12,492

11,940 58

Uttar Pradesh

17,02,624 452

8,986 820

16,71,852 1,221

21,786 51

West Bengal

14,61,257 3,984

17,651 1,403

14,26,710 2,497

16,896 84

Delhi

14,31,139 255

3,466 144

14,02,850 376

24,823 23

Chhattisgarh

9,86,963 459

13,677 1,405

9,59,969 1,858

13,317 6

Rajasthan

9,49,684 308

7,441 959

9,33,421 1,260

8,822 7

Odisha

8,51,782 4,469

51,681 3,309

7,96,799 7,733

3,302 45

Gujarat

8,20,321 455

10,249 614

8,00,075 1,063

9,997 6

Madhya Pradesh

7,88,183 274

4,251 524

7,75,380 780

8,552 18

Haryana

7,65,861 339

4,661 525

7,52,208 821

8,992 43

Bihar

7,17,215 487

5,312 389

7,02,411 868

9,492 8

Telangana

6,03,369 1,280

21,137 996

5,78,748 2,261

3,484 15

Punjab

5,87,903 956

12,981 1,083

5,59,360 1,980

15,562 59

Assam

4,59,497 2,167

41,373 3,272

4,14,173 5,403

3,951 36

Jharkhand

3,43,458 154

3,395 571

3,34,979 723

5,084 2

Uttarakhand

3,36,879 263

4,633 388

3,25,311 644

6,935 7

Jammu And Kashmir

3,07,412 774

15,081 1,203

2,88,145 1,965

4,186 12

Himachal Pradesh

1,98,550 237

4,777 625

1,90,382 855

3,391 7

Goa

1,62,468 420

4,882 175

1,54,658 581

2,928 14

Puducherry

1,12,528 402

5,331 414

1,05,513 809

1,684 7

Chandigarh

61,110 54

520 20

59,798 71

792 3

Manipur

59,852 530

8,499 211

50,379 726

974 15

Tripura

59,321 235

5,170 382

53,531 610

620 7

Meghalaya

41,906 305

4,623 248

36,550 547

733 6

Arunachal Pradesh

31,282 134

2,885 302

28,252 434

145 2

Nagaland

23,644 82

3,502 131

19,689 208

453 5

Ladakh

19,561 17

658 88

18,706 105

197

Sikkim

18,414 157

3,553 230

14,580 387

281

Mizoram

15,364 97

3,549 111

11,748 203

67 5

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,463 1

78 17

10,381 18

4

Lakshadweep

9,209 34

576 39

8,589 72

44 1

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,261 18

110 11

7,025 29

126

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