Environment might be one of the the most important treasures we have, but human beings do end up treating it recklessly. In order to raise awareness about protecting it, every year June 5 is celebrated as World Environment Day as has been designated by the United Nations (UN). The day also enables one to be more responsible in the way they conduct themselves and treat the environment.
India is the global host this year and the theme is Beat Plastic Pollution. It started in 1974 and since then the day has provided a global platform for like-minded people to reach out to each other.
Ahead of the big day, we bring to you all that is buzzing around the globe.
BCCI set to cut off single-use plastic across stadiums in India
Whoa! Environment friendly 3AC coach in Punjab Mail now
CR attaches environment friendly 3AC coach in Punjab Mail with upgraded toilet wall & floor lined with crib sheets made by recycled, food grade packaging containers like waste tetrapacks, empty tubes of toothpaste/face creams, etc. #WorldEnvironmentDay pic.twitter.com/oC1vgERCpb— Central Railway (@Central_Railway) June 5, 2018
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar sends his message to #BeatPlasticPollution
Plastic pollution is a serious crisis threatening the future of our planet. Each individual can contribute to solve this problem. So today on #WorldEnvironmentDay let us pledge that we will reduce our plastic consumption by more than half. #ReduceByHalf #BeatPlasticPollution— Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (@SriSri) June 5, 2018
ALERT! Mount Kilimanjaro has lost over 85% of its glacial ice
Did you know? 1 million plastic bottles are purchased every minute
VIDEO: SHOCKING! Herd of wild elephants eat toxic plastic waste
It's #WorldEnvironmentDay This heartbreaking footage shows a herd of wild #elephants eating #plastic & toxic waste in a dumping ground in search of food. Six have died!— CITES (@CITES) June 5, 2018
We are better than this! Every one of us can do our part to clean up our 🌏 & #BeatPlasticPollution! pic.twitter.com/9Ck2C5xPZE
Musician Ricky Kej joins the movement
I have decided to stop using plastic straws completely & #BeatPlasticPollution . Plastics are choking our planet, and we need to lead by example. I challenge my fellow musicians @arrahman @Shankar_Live @wouterkellerman to do the same! Your it!! @UNEnvironment #worldenvironmentDay pic.twitter.com/nVefEXHT3K— Ricky Kej (@rickykej) June 5, 2018
Start World Environment Day on a good note
Happy #WorldEnvironmentDay! Great start to my day in Delhi with a visit to Rajghat, the beautiful memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. To “be the change you want to see in the world” is so relevant for our fight to #BeatPlasticPollution and other environmental challenges @UNEnvironment pic.twitter.com/JsnZavuG94— Erik Solheim (@ErikSolheim) June 5, 2018
Dr Mahesh Sharma, the minister of state for environment, forest and climate change, kickstarts World Environment Day celebrations
Officials from CRPF and ITBP are running to beat plastic pollution
Join the 12000 students & Officials from CRPF and ITBP who are Running to Beat Plastic Pollution!@Dr.@drharshvardhan @Ra_THORe @IndiaSports @moefcc @ONGC_ @crpfindia @AnilKhaitan2 @SGPHDCCI #WorldEnvironmentDay2018 #RuntoBeatPlasticPollution #BeatPlasticPollution #India2018 pic.twitter.com/zW2IOkqo7G— PHD Chamber (@phdchamber) June 1, 2018
Massive efforts by UNDP in Sierra Leone
Together we can #BeatPlasticPollution - UNDP #SierraLeone mobilized 150 men and women in 8 slum communities in #Freetown - to clear the city's drains, segregate waste and recycle plastic #SDG11 #WorldEnvironmentDay2018 🌎♻️ pic.twitter.com/otLsbk6s3i— UNDP in Sierra Leone (@UNDPSierraLeone) May 30, 2018
Belgian Ambassador to India Jan Luykx with his staff members
Ambassador Jan Luykx 🇧🇪️ and several members of his staff started the day with good energy to contribute to #SwachhBharat and #HumFitTohIndiaFit by participating to @SwedeninIndia #plogging initiative to #BeatPlasticPollution— Belgium in India (@BelgiuminIndia) June 1, 2018
on #WorldEnvironmentDay2018 🏃♀️🗑️🌏 pic.twitter.com/9qTMRVUKg1
SBI joins the ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ movement
Leading efforts to tackle the global emergency of climate change, India has the highest recycling rates in the world, instrumental in combating plastic pollution. Let’s join the ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ movement!#SBI #WorldEnvironmentDay2018 #WED2018 #BeatPlasticPollution pic.twitter.com/WgEhzgSuNg— State Bank of India (@TheOfficialSBI) June 2, 2018
A team of CISF personnel carried out cleanliness drive in Odisha
#BeatPlasticPollution.#WorldEnvironmentDay2018— CISF@India (@CISFHQrs) June 4, 2018
A team of #CISF personnel led by IG NES Sh. A N Mohapatra & Principal KRTC, Mundali DIG Dr. D P Parihar, carried out cleanliness drive @ Bali Jatra ground near Barobati Stadium, Cuttack, Odisha. School children also participated. pic.twitter.com/YuCEMyR0gl
Choose cloth bags over plastic
#WorldEnvironmentDay #WorldEnvironmentDay2018— Dirgh Shah (@DirghShah) May 29, 2018
STEM (Save The Earth Movement)
we are promoting the use of cloth bags over plasting - selling them to the vendors and customers
If we don't change, nothing will change.
Help and Support us by retweeting this tweet to spread awarness. pic.twitter.com/nk86yHygvw
Making small changes can go a long way
Efforts are already underway to clean the Yamuna behind the Taj Mahal
To help #BeatPlasticPollution, India has committed to create litter-free zones around 100 monuments. @ErikSolheim and @deespeak pledged UN Environment's support for the initiative at the iconic Taj Mahal. #WorldEnvironmentDay @moefcc @drharshvardhan pic.twitter.com/AJlYDxhvjF— UN Environment (@UNEnvironment) June 4, 2018
Gujarat is going to launch ‘Plastic-waste free Gujarat’ drive on June 5
Alia Bhatt is one step closer towards purging plastic from her life
#BeatPlasticPollution by switching to steel or glass bottles today! Plastic bottles take 450 years or more to decompose, harming us and our environment. I’m now one step closer towards purging plastic from my life. Hope you guys will make the switch too!#LetsCoexist @deespeak pic.twitter.com/VyI70hggRv— Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) June 3, 2018
Juhi Chawla switches to bamboo toothbrush!
I hereby challenge, @SrBachchan @AnupamPKher @sachin_rt @KKRiders @sonamakapoor @RajkummarRao @mrsfunnybones @jiteshpillaai @realpreityzinta @Varun_dvn @TheShilpaShetty @AnilKapoor @priyankachopra— Juhi Chawla (@iam_juhi) June 4, 2018
I hope you complete the challenge & tag others too😇 #BeatPlasticPollution pic.twitter.com/x1ZpdjwcWO
Aditi Rao Hydari joins the revolution
Dee!!!🌟😘😘 Thank you for taking up this wonderful initiative & for making sure we stay responsible always! 😊🤗— Aditi Rao Hydari (@aditiraohydari) June 3, 2018
Nominating @DianaPenty, @sonamakapoor, @RajkummarRao & @ReallySwara. Hope you guys are up for a challenge! 😏☺️#BeatPlasticPollution#WorldEnvironmentDay@deespeak pic.twitter.com/D8PDkaM4tI
Arjun Kapoor takes a small step
It takes one small step to #BeatPlasticPollution! I’ve replaced using plastic bottles with a metal one. It’s convinient & environment friendly. Tagging @AnushkaSharma @RanveerOfficial & @ParineetiChopra to take up the challenge & inspire others to choose a sustainable future. pic.twitter.com/JNWbIgiVU8— Arjun Kapoor (@arjunk26) June 3, 2018
Dia Mirza switches to bio-degradable sanitary napkins
Tag, I’m it – thanks for tagging me @adriangrenier! I switched to biodegradable sanitary napkins when I realised they are made mostly of plastic!#BeatPlasticPollution with @UNEnvironment for #WorldEnvironmentDay! Hey @sahil_sangha @aliaa08 @JNJCares – Tag, you’re it! pic.twitter.com/gmi8prQERU— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) May 27, 2018
World Environment Day: Plastic harms more than one could grasp
Every year, due to plastic ingestion, thousands of cows die in Lucknow.
Did you know 1,000 cows die of plastic ingestion every year in Lucknow alone? This World Environment Day, pledge to reduce your plastic usage to less than half and help save innocent animals around you. #BeatPlasticPollution pic.twitter.com/wTKt1okGEl— The Art of Living (@ArtofLiving) June 2, 2018
World Environment Day, 2018: Hyderabad showing the way
World Environment Day, 2018: Banning plastic is the way forward
Days before World Environment Day, Chile has approved of a nation-wide ban on using single-use plastic bags.
Bravo! Congratulations to Chile which has approved a nation-wide ban on single-use plastic bags. Bold step to #BeatPlasticPollution ahead of #WorldEnvironmentDay https://t.co/ohxyswh4K8 pic.twitter.com/uZ9zuX7fTZ— Erik Solheim (@ErikSolheim) May 31, 2018
World Environment Day, 2018: The repurcussions of using plastic are far reaching
Plastic bags choke aquatic animals. A whale died in Thailand after eating 80 plastic bags.
World Environment Day,2018: Cannot reuse? Refuse
On World Environment Day as we fight to reduce plastic waste, do not use things you cannot reuse.
As the 2018 World Environment Day (WED) slated for the 5th of June inches closer, think deep about what you can contribute to reduce the global menace of plastic waste.— NESREANigeria (@NESREANigeria) May 28, 2018
If you can't REUSE it, REFUSE it!!#BeatPlasticPollution!! @UNEnvironment pic.twitter.com/tZyCmeAYXF