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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Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi speaks at a botanical garden in Odiansalai in the UT on the occasion of Earth Day
A small contribution by each one of us will make the Earth a better place to live in, says cricketer Shikhar Dhawan
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.
Spiritual leader Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev appeals to help save the Earth
Mamata Banerjee joins the call to end plastic pollution
On the occasion of Earth Day, let us pledge to keep our environment clean. We can take a step in this direction by putting an end to plastic pollution— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) April 22, 2018
The ubiquitous distribution of single-use plastic, even to the greatest depths of the ocean, reveals a clear link between daily human activities and the remotest of environments. #BeatPlasticPollution #CleanSeas https://t.co/o4FHXOFlZk pic.twitter.com/AGLvJ9a5Qw— UN Environment (@UNEnvironment) April 22, 2018
Cricketer VVS Laxman on Earth Day
HRD Ministry's appeal to people
Plastic is dangerous. Its chemical structure makes it resistant to many natural processes of degradation and as a result, it is slow to degrade. This causes environmental pollution. This World #EarthDay, say no to plastic, embrace life. #SaveTheEarth #ProtectTheGlobe pic.twitter.com/q3DmLuJ2c9— Ministry of HRD (@HRDMinistry) April 22, 2018
Actor Juhi Chawla expresses concern over plastic consumption by cows on streets
Heartbreaking sight on Earth Day! Just travelled to Delhi and Ahmedabad... the streets are a mess ..!! its plastic, plastic, plastic everywhere .. and cows foraging for food nearby. Wake up! Do your little... for little drops of water make the mighty ocean 😇 #EarthDay pic.twitter.com/uUnd7rtrzd— Juhi Chawla (@iam_juhi) April 22, 2018
'We are answerable to our future generations'
On this #EarthDay let’s pledge to end exploitation of natural resources to meet the goals of sustainable development and focus on their harnessing.We are answerable to future generations & need to fulfill our responsibility by creating awareness about conservation of environment.— ShivrajSingh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) April 22, 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
A reminder to reduce your use of plastic and dispose of it responsibly: Think of this endangered Loggerhead Turtle our vets have been treating. It was rescued by @WAParksWildlife & came to us for medical care, the poor turtle has been pooping out plastic ingested from the ocean! pic.twitter.com/j56e9s2bMr
— Perth Zoo (@PerthZoo) April 3, 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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Actor Dia Mirza appeals against use of single-use plastic
MP Jyotiraditya Scindia calls for sustainable development
Focus on mismanaged waste and marine debris
What do ALL sea #turtle species have in common? 🐢They’ve all got #plastic IN them. As plastic pollution grows more urgent, let’s remember that from land to sea, we’re all connected. This #EarthDay, tell us how you’re doing your part to #Connect2Earth: https://t.co/SPfRz0Wyre pic.twitter.com/1tGbCmJ9gQ— WWF (@WWF) April 21, 2018
Save trees, save Earth
The world loses the equivalent of 1,000 football fields of forests every hour. In just six-years, villagers in India restored the 🌳🌿🌴 which used to grow here. See why trees matter for water + #HealthforAll: https://t.co/LY9akgNn3X #EarthDay pic.twitter.com/AZUxlSB7CV— UN Development (@UNDP) April 22, 2018
Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu appeals to the people to their bit
Pledge to give up single-use plastics
If there’s anything you’d like to do for the planet that gives us life this #EarthDay , make sure it involves the pledge to #GiveUp single-use plastics! Tell us how you’re giving up single-use #plastics for the Earth in the comments below! Illustration by Mana Majboor pic.twitter.com/sQ8uCwARIB— WWF-India (@WWFINDIA) April 22, 2018
WWF appeals against the use of straws
#EarthDay is tomorrow! From going strawless to urging your local supermarkets to reduce their use of #plastic, there are so many ways to help #nature.— WWF (@WWF) April 21, 2018
Tell us: how will you #Connect2Earth and do your part for our shared home? https://t.co/HS9nNJaBbi pic.twitter.com/DKquGVdLWa
Sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik dedicates his 3D art to Earth Day