This year on June 5, India will be the global host of the World Environment Day with a theme of ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ in a bid to demote usage of plastic across the world and hence, save the only habitable planet for humans.
Environment is precious, we all know it, yet we all just can’t stop messing it up. But, we keep trying and that explains the idea of celebrating environment day. Every year on June 5th, people gather up and promote environmental awareness and countries gather up to hold events under the United Nation with a particular theme. This year’s World Environment Day event will be hosted by India and the theme will be discouraging usage of plastic and stop the outrageous plastic pollution. The decision was made by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Chief Erik Solheim who is currently visiting India and has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) for the same with the Ministry of Environment and Forest’s (MoEF) Union secretary, CK Mishra.
The event will signify India’s progress in trying to curb environmental pollution and fight the menace of climate change that is eventually withering out Earth. The theme of ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ was picked as extensive and continuously growing usage of plastic is one of the major culprits in destroying the eco-balance of our planet. Every year, world uses 500 billion plastic bags and at least 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in the oceans, the equivalent of a full garbage truck every minute. And 50% of this plastic is single-use, non-disposable kind. With all these horrendous stats, plastic makes up to 10% of waste generated in the world – and it is non-biodegradable. It really is a serious problem which we are ought to solve.
So on June 5th, a UN Environment-led global conference will be held in India and with the ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’, it will urge governments, industry, communities, and individuals to reduce the production and excessive use of single-use plastic polluting the oceans, damaging marine life and threatening human health. It will prove to be the re-dedication of national efforts for sustainable development in addressing environmental concerns and bring people closer and aware about the forefronts of the environmental conservation.