Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on World Environment Day

07 June, 2018, 13:19 | Author: Harriet Bell
  • World Environment Day 2018 India is the global host this year and the theme is Beat Plastic Pollution

Lauding Prime Minister Narendra Modi's achievements in the field of environment, he said that the worldwide community believes that India will achieve its pre-2020 or COP21 targets before time.

Prior to the announcement, millions of Indian policymakers, celebrities, business leaders, innovators, environmentalists and activists gathered for weeks of activities aimed at taking action against plastic pollution.

Since it was first celebrated in 1974, the Day has helped raise awareness and generate political momentum around global environmental concerns such as ozone depletion, desertification and global warming.

"On the occasion of the World Environment Day, we declare a national campaign involving the official authorities, civil society organizations and categories of the people", he announced. "Time has come for every individual to join the campaign to end single-use plastic and protect the environment".

She urged everybody to think globally and act locally to ensure we beat plastic pollution through adherence to reuse plastic and creating alternative to single use plastic.

Almost one third of used plastic packaging escapes collection systems, which means it ends up clogging the world's city streets and polluting the natural environment.

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Protection of water was also important, he advised the people to take measures to enhance groundwater by constructing pits in their houses. He informed that India's tree and forest cover has also increased by one percent in the last two years.

The call is coming on the heels of the 2018 World Environment Day slated for June 5, with the theme: "Beat Plastic Pollution".

A report released on World Environment Day 2018, titled Single-use Plastics: A Road Map for Sustainability, examines the state of plastic pollution in 2018 and analyzes the best practices and lessons learned from cases studies on single-use bans, levies and other forms of government intervention. While the "plastic menace" is the focus of recent efforts, India is also focused on other areas of environmental interest, including mainstreaming energy efficiency.

The report said the five trillion plastic bags consumed each year equalled almost 10 million plastic bags per minute.

He led the sensitisation walk to Jabi Lake, where they cleaned up the plastics in the Lake, saying no effort would be too great in the resolve to improve a lot of the people.

Media.net, an advertising technology company found by Divyankh Turakhia, a serial internet entrepreneur, observed a huge drop in dry waste accumulation by merely replacing plastic plates with steel plates.

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