Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the global celebrations of World Environment Day in New Delhi today.
India is the global host nation for the 43rd edition of this event. Environment Ministers, representatives from United Nations and members from various industry bodies will be among the various dignitaries who will attend the event. Mr. Modi will also visit the exhibition organized on the occasion at Rajpath lawns.
The Prime Minister, in his Mann Ki Baat programme on All India Radio, had underlined that India being the official host of the World Environment Day celebrations is a recognition of its growing leadership in tackling climate change issues.
World Environment Day is a platform for encouraging awareness and propagating the need for protecting the environment. The theme for the year 2018 is “Beat Plastic Pollution”. Plastic, which is rampantly polluting our water bodies, harming marine life and posing a threat to human health, has been one of the major concerns of environmental bodies this year.
Though a large part of the population depends on plastic for their daily use, nearly one-third of it is not disposed off properly and ends up clogging drains and choking the environment. This day is a call for awakening of individuals to take charge of protecting their environment and to realise the severity of plastic usage in daily life.