Earth Day 2018 HIGHLIGHTS: Leaders across India, world urge people to save the planet through sustainable lifestyle

Earth Day 2018 LIVE Updates: According to Earth Day Network, this year is dedicated to spreading awareness about the pollution caused by plastic and the need to eventually end its use.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 22, 2018 11:16:03 pm
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On the occasion of Earth Day on Sunday, leaders across India and the world voiced solidarity over protection and preservation of the planet, with emphasis on reduction of plastic use and adopting a sustainable lifestyle. People around the globe also came together to celebrate the Earth Day. First celebrated in the United States in 1970, the idea of commemorating such a day was propounded by Gaylord Nelson, a US senator from Wisconsin. Nelson, who had been a witness to the devastation caused by an enormous oil spill in Santa Barbara, California in 1969, felt the urgency of the matter.

According to Earth Day Network, this year’s Earth Day is dedicated to spreading awareness about the pollution caused by plastic and the need to eventually end its use. The Earth Day went global by the 1990s and is now celebrated by at least 192 countries.

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  • 16:02 (IST)

    Environment Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan urges people to save earth and environment

    In a series of tweets, Environment Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan talked of environment conservation. In one of the tweets, he urged the people not to be selfish and save the environment. 

    "Don’t be selfish; what we have are all given by this nature, we are only the custodians; pass it on to the next generation. Save earth and environment; reduce waste, plastic, paper, woods. #SaveEarth #EndPlasticPollution #GreenGoodDeeds," he tweeted.

  • 12:30 (IST)

    Google Doodle honours British primatologist Jane Goodall

    Google on Sunday paid tribute to British primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall with a doodle on its homepage. Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and the Roots & Shoots programme, Goodall has worked tirelessly on animal welfare issues as well as environmental conservation. The Google doodle also features a short video clip of Goodall narrating her experience as an anthropologist. Read More

  • 11:58 (IST)

    What is Earth Day?

    This weekend, people around the globe are observing Earth Day, a day meant to emphasise on the need to protect the planet and preserve its environment. Several events and campaigns are being held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. All you need to know

  • 11:18 (IST)

    What is single-use plastic?

    Single-use plastics are disposed after being used once and not put to use again or recycled. These include plastic bags, straws, coffee stirrers, soda and water bottles and food packaging material. This petroleum-based disposable plastic is not biodegradable or does not decompose, instead, it breaks down into tiny particles after years. Toxic chemicals are released in the process of breaking down and they find their way into our food and water supply. They not only affect human health but also largely harm marine life.

  • 10:11 (IST)

    Too lazy to save the world?

    United Nations tells you about the least you can do to help save planet Earth.

  • 09:44 (IST)

    Ditch these plastic items. NOW!

    Discovery gives you a list of plastic items that have to be given up in order to protect your environment

  • 09:13 (IST)

    PM Modi on Earth Day

    PM Narendra Modi tweeted this morning to give a shoutout to Earth Day, asking people to come together to 'mitigate the menace of climate change' as a 'tribute to our beloved Mother Earth.'   

16:59 (IST) 22 Apr 2018
Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi speaks at a botanical garden in Odiansalai in the UT on the occasion of Earth Day
16:35 (IST) 22 Apr 2018
A small contribution by each one of us will make the Earth a better place to live in, says cricketer Shikhar Dhawan
16:02 (IST) 22 Apr 2018
Environment Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan urges people to save earth and environment

In a series of tweets, Environment Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan talked of environment conservation. In one of the tweets, he urged the people not to be selfish and save the environment. 

"Don’t be selfish; what we have are all given by this nature, we are only the custodians; pass it on to the next generation. Save earth and environment; reduce waste, plastic, paper, woods. #SaveEarth #EndPlasticPollution #GreenGoodDeeds," he tweeted.

15:12 (IST) 22 Apr 2018
Here are some tips for you to help make the Earth plastic free
14:55 (IST) 22 Apr 2018
Spiritual leader Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev appeals to help save the Earth
14:31 (IST) 22 Apr 2018
Mamata Banerjee joins the call to end plastic pollution
14:24 (IST) 22 Apr 2018
NATO celebrates Earth Day
13:58 (IST) 22 Apr 2018
#BeatPlasticPollution
13:29 (IST) 22 Apr 2018
Cricketer VVS Laxman on Earth Day
13:18 (IST) 22 Apr 2018
Save the Tiger
13:09 (IST) 22 Apr 2018
The time to act is now!
13:07 (IST) 22 Apr 2018
HRD Ministry's appeal to people
13:06 (IST) 22 Apr 2018
Actor Juhi Chawla expresses concern over plastic consumption by cows on streets
13:01 (IST) 22 Apr 2018
'We are answerable to our future generations'
12:51 (IST) 22 Apr 2018
Endangered baby turtle pooping plastic raises concerns over ocean water pollution

In what can be viewed as an example of how things are probably worsening not just for human beings but animals as well, a video of a little Loggerhead turtle, who pooped out plastic that it had ingested from the ocean waters, had gone viral earlier this month. Read More

12:45 (IST) 22 Apr 2018
Ban on plastic in Maharashtra

Earlier this year, the Maharashtra government ordered a ban on use of plastic in the state. On March 23, the Maharashtra Plastic and Thermocol Products notification was issued to ban the manufacture, use, storage, distribution, sale, import and transportation of all kinds of plastic items. The ban covers a wide range of items like plastic bags, thermocol, disposable cups and plates, cutlery, non-woven polypropylene bags, plastic pouches and packaging.

12:36 (IST) 22 Apr 2018
Beach clean-up drive in Maharashtra's Vasai

Terrified after their children picked up empty liquor bottles and plastic waste on the Bhuigaon beach in Vasai, Ferrao and her Indian husband Lisbon took it upon them to clean the beaches in the area. It was February 2017, when the Ferraos and their two children started cleaning the beaches. The couple has never looked back since. Read More

12:30 (IST) 22 Apr 2018
Google Doodle honours British primatologist Jane Goodall

Google on Sunday paid tribute to British primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall with a doodle on its homepage. Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and the Roots & Shoots programme, Goodall has worked tirelessly on animal welfare issues as well as environmental conservation. The Google doodle also features a short video clip of Goodall narrating her experience as an anthropologist. Read More

12:17 (IST) 22 Apr 2018
Eighth Interactive Dialogue of UNGA on Harmony with Nature

On Monday, the Eighth Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony with Nature will be held in the chamber of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. The interactive dialogue will provide a platform to discuss sustainable production and consumption patterns in Harmony with Nature, as to ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature.

12:15 (IST) 22 Apr 2018
United Nations plenary session

The United Nations will hold the 83rd plenary meeting on the occasion of the International Mother Earth Day and other issues on Sunday.

12:04 (IST) 22 Apr 2018
Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, 1992

According to the United Nations, International Mother Earth Day is celebrated to remind each of us that the Earth and its ecosystems provide us with life and sustenance. This Day also recognizes a collective responsibility, as called for in the 1992 Rio Declaration, to promote harmony with nature and the Earth to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations of humanity.

11:58 (IST) 22 Apr 2018
What is Earth Day?

This weekend, people around the globe are observing Earth Day, a day meant to emphasise on the need to protect the planet and preserve its environment. Several events and campaigns are being held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. All you need to know

11:38 (IST) 22 Apr 2018
On #EarthDay, pledge to say no to plastics: BJP MP Babul Supriyo
11:26 (IST) 22 Apr 2018
'Lets take care of Mother Earth'
11:18 (IST) 22 Apr 2018
What is single-use plastic?

Single-use plastics are disposed after being used once and not put to use again or recycled. These include plastic bags, straws, coffee stirrers, soda and water bottles and food packaging material. This petroleum-based disposable plastic is not biodegradable or does not decompose, instead, it breaks down into tiny particles after years. Toxic chemicals are released in the process of breaking down and they find their way into our food and water supply. They not only affect human health but also largely harm marine life.

11:06 (IST) 22 Apr 2018
Actor Dia Mirza appeals against use of single-use plastic
11:02 (IST) 22 Apr 2018
MP Jyotiraditya Scindia calls for sustainable development
10:50 (IST) 22 Apr 2018
Focus on mismanaged waste and marine debris
10:46 (IST) 22 Apr 2018
10:44 (IST) 22 Apr 2018
Conserve water, conserve life
10:41 (IST) 22 Apr 2018
Save trees, save Earth
10:39 (IST) 22 Apr 2018
Reduce. Recycle. Reuse.
10:36 (IST) 22 Apr 2018
Refugee projects on environment conservation
10:34 (IST) 22 Apr 2018
HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar gives key action points
10:32 (IST) 22 Apr 2018
Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu appeals to the people to their bit
10:28 (IST) 22 Apr 2018
Pledge to give up single-use plastics
10:23 (IST) 22 Apr 2018
WWF appeals against the use of straws
10:17 (IST) 22 Apr 2018
Sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik dedicates his 3D art to Earth Day
10:15 (IST) 22 Apr 2018
Towards a greener life

As we celebrate Earth Day today, there is a pressing need to realise that climate change is as real as it gets, and it comes in various manifestation with havoc effects like food insecurity, rise in sea level and extreme weather conditions. This year's Earth day is dedicated to fighting the detriments of the unchecked use of plastic and work towards ending pollution caused by it.