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World Oceans Day 2021: Ministers, Celebs, Environmentalists Urge People To Help Save Planet Earth By Saving The Oceans

World Oceans Day 2021: Ministers, Celebs, Environmentalists Urge People To Help Save Planet Earth By Saving The Oceans

New Delhi: Oceans cover more than 71 percent of the planet, host up to 80 percent of life on earth and account for 96 per cent of all water. Moreover, Oceans help in producing more than half of the oxygen in the atmosphere, and absorb about 25 percent of all human carbon emissions. Despite being the lifeline for the planet Earth, our oceans today are choking with all things plastic. United Nations states that 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the ocean, every year, wreaking havoc on wildlife. United Nations Environment Programme states that plastic waste can persist in the environment for centuries and if current trends continue, our oceans could contain more plastic than fish by 2050.

In a bid to raise public awareness and encourage citizen action to protect oceans, United Nations started observing June 8 as World Oceans Day. This year, the day is being marked with a theme – The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods.

Taking the message of saving the oceans on social media, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr Harsh Vardhan said,

The ocean is a symbol of life on earth. They are a storehouse of immense biodiversity and a limitless source of protein-rich foods. These are the basis of our future development, so we have to contribute in maintaining their original form along with their conservation.

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Minister of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar on the other hand annoying the two-months campaign on plastic waste management in India, said,

Plastic litter has adverse impact on not only terrestrial but aquatic ecosystems. Today on #WorldOceansDay , will be launching a 2 months long awareness campaign on the topic of plastic waste management and elimination of identified Single Use Plastics (SUPs) items.

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Reiterating the fact that saving oceans is the need of an hour, Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik said,

Oceans have a vital role in sustaining life on Earth. Oceans provide us oxygen, major source of water, food and play a crucial role in regulating climate. On #WorldOceansDay, let us all pledge to prevent plastic pollution and keep the oceans clean for a healthier planet.

Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel, Dharmendra Pradhan said,

Coastal and marine ecosystems have a significant bearing on lives and livelihoods. #WorldOceansDay, is yet another day to encourage sustainable use of our marine resources. Let us commit ourselves in restoring our vibrant oceans & marine ecosystems to health & abundance.

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Sharing a video on Twitter, Actor, and UN Environment’s Goodwill Ambassador, Dia Mirza said,

What choices are we making every day to help protect our oceans? #BeatPollution #WorldOceansDay

Environmentalist Afroz Shah marked #WorldOceansDay by doing what he loves the most – by cleaning it. Sharing updates of the clean-up, he said,

Week 309. Love for mother nature and our India flows with the same intensity in our veins. 7.00 am – at the beach. 6 tractor loads ( 24000 kgs) of marine debris removed . We need the ocean to be healthy for us and for other species. Our love for oceans. #WorldOceansDay

An ocean advocate and a pioneer swimmer, Lewis Pugh also shared a video message on his social media and urged people to be conscious and help protect the ecosystem. In the video message, Lewis Pugh said,

For me, everyday is World Oceans Day. We must all remember, we need to celebrate our oceans, it is our responsibility to protect them. Everyday we make decisions, about what we eat, how we travel to school or work, the clothes we wear or how we warm our homes. And ultimately, all these choices, impact our oceans. I urge everyone, to ask themselves a simple question – what changes can you make today that will help save our oceans.

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

24,06,78,961Cases
20,23,40,977Active
3,34,39,331Recovered
48,98,653Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,06,78,961 and 48,98,653 have died; 20,23,40,977 are active cases and 3,34,39,331 have recovered as on October 18, 2021 at 4:17 am.

India

3,40,81,315 13,596Cases
1,89,6946,152Active
3,34,39,331 19,582Recovered
4,52,290 166Deaths
In India, there are 3,40,81,315 confirmed cases including 4,52,290 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,89,694 and 3,34,39,331 have recovered as on October 18, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,91,697 1,715

32,230 994

64,19,678 2,680

1,39,789 29

Kerala

48,54,321 7,555

88,186 3,292

47,39,270 10,773

26,865 74

Karnataka

29,83,459 326

9,479 58

29,36,039 380

37,941 4

Tamil Nadu

26,87,092 1,218

14,814 208

26,36,379 1,411

35,899 15

Andhra Pradesh

20,60,472 432

6,034 159

20,40,131 586

14,307 5

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,028 9

119 10

16,87,011 19

22,898

West Bengal

15,80,530 624

7,421 24

15,54,132 634

18,977 14

Delhi

14,39,390 32

320 6

14,13,981 38

25,089

Odisha

10,35,077 443

4,542 68

10,22,250 508

8,285 3

Chhattisgarh

10,05,654 16

183 2

9,91,901 14

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,390 2

42 2

9,45,394 4

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,290 10

207 6

8,15,997 16

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,684 5

84 12

7,82,077 17

10,523

Haryana

7,71,076 15

123 9

7,60,904 6

10,049

Bihar

7,26,026 5

48 4

7,16,317 1

9,661

Telangana

6,68,955 122

3,924 55

6,61,093 176

3,938 1

Assam

6,06,468 205

3,436 46

5,97,082 245

5,950 6

Punjab

6,02,035 27

227 8

5,85,264 16

16,544 3

Jharkhand

3,48,430 7

122 1

3,43,173 8

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,756 9

178 1

3,36,181 8

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,062 95

843 12

3,25,793 107

4,426

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,437 131

1,303 5

2,16,414 125

3,720 1

Goa

1,77,522 60

604 6

1,73,572 62

3,346 4

Puducherry

1,27,396 52

585 13

1,24,961 64

1,850 1

Manipur

1,22,737 104

1,422 0

1,19,418 102

1,897 2

Mizoram

1,12,848 249

11,633 1,143

1,00,829 1,389

386 3

Tripura

84,321 16

104 4

83,401 12

816

Meghalaya

82,953 55

845 32

80,673 86

1,435 1

Chandigarh

65,302 3

25 3

64,457 6

820

Arunachal Pradesh

54,987 7

140 30

54,567 37

280

Sikkim

31,749 4

174 8

31,184 12

391

Nagaland

31,611 40

248 12

30,689 28

674

Ladakh

20,878 2

36 10

20,634 12

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,676 1

4 1

10,668

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,641

9 0

7,503

129

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