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On World Environment Day 2018, Snapshots From Across India And The World

On World Environment Day 2018, Snapshots From Across India And The World
PM Narendra Modi at the World Environment Day function in New Delhi. (Source – Twitter account of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting)

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On World Environment Day 2018, Snapshots From Across India And The World

Host India has pledged to remove all single-use plastic by 2022.

The theme for World Environment Day 2018 was reducing plastic use. India, host for the day’s global celebrations, has pledged to eliminate single-use plastics by 2022. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also declared that India would join UN Environment’s Clean Seas campaign.

Quick Facts On World Environment Day 2018

  • Indian Railways has introduced bio-degradable packages to serve food on select trains.
  • Tamil Nadu has announced a ban on plastic from next year.
  • Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has announced a complete ban on plastic effective 31 July 2018.
  • Jharkhand estimates that it will be a plastic-free state by the next World Environment Day.

For 23-year-old Rajeshwari Singh, the countdown to the World Environment Day 2018 had started from Vadodara, Gujarat, on 22 April. She walked for 45 days, spreading awareness against the use of plastics, and reached Delhi on Monday.

(Read – What Rajeshwari Singh Hopes To Achieve As She Walks 1,100 Km In 45 Days)

Here’s a video shared on Twitter by UN Environment, which was associated with Singh’s unique campaign.

Meanwhile, in Ireland, levying separate charges on plastic bags has led to a 90% reduction in their use within a year.

The World Economic Forum (WEF) reaffirmed its commitment towards a carbon-neutral world by 2050.

Echoing a sentiment shared by some others, cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar pointed out that “there is no Plan(et) B…”. Here’s what he posted on Twitter.

Acclaimed sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik came up with a giant sand turtle with an installation of plastic bottles at Puri beach in Odisha.

And here’s a video he posted.

Indian Railways chose the day to introduce fully biodegradable packages to serve food on select Shatabdi and Rajdhani routes. Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal shared this image on Twitter.

The Ministry of Railways said that the move to do away with polymer packaging with these disposable plates would also boost the sugarcane industry.

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