Since the first World Environment Day on June 5, 1974, the world has changed and challenges associated with Environmental protection have increased. On Tuesday, the nations celebrated World Environment Day, with India being the host country. Several environmental related programs were organized to mark the occasion. PM Modi participated in the main event at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi.
Prime Minister said development should not come at the cost of the environment. The theme this year for World Environment Day 2018 is ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’. The PM said plastic contaminants have entered into the food and water tables but also pointed out that per capita plastic consumption in India is much less than it is in most other countries of the world. Prime Minister made a fervent appeal for the world to work unitedly in eliminating plastic pollution.
PM Modi said his government has been working towards environment protection. India is engaged in cleaning water bodies, the seas and Swachh Bharat mission in cleaning the surroundings. Wildlife conservation efforts have resulted in the preservation and increased in a number of animal species. Forest cover is increasing in the country. Namami Ganga Abhiyan is cleaning river Ganga and the results are visible.
Farmers are encouraged to prevent burning agricultural residue and reuse it for energy. India and several countries of the world have successfully formed the International solar alliance. Prime Minister said the government is committed to the Paris Climate Agreement and will fulfil its commitment in reducing carbon emissions.
Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan, UN Environment Director, industrialists, and many dignitaries participated in the program. Earlier, the Prime Minister visited an exhibition at the Rajpath Lawns. The exhibition highlighted success stories of environment-friendly development initiatives.
Among the programs organized on World Environment Day in the capital, Sadguru, UN Environment director and Brand Ambassador Dia Mirza launched a campaign in Central Park to stop the use of plastics. At another event to mark World Environment day Union Minister Jitendra Singh appealed to educational institutions and students to make society aware about the ill effects of using plastic.
On World Environment Day, Prime Minister Modi expressed his government’s commitment to the sustainable development goals. The need of the hour is that every person contributes towards making a greener planet.