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

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World Oceans Day 2021: Ministers, Celebs, Environmentalists Urge People To Help Save Planet Earth By Saving The OceansOn #WorldOceansDay, Celebrities, Ministers & Environmentalist urge people to save the oceans and help save the planet

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

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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