"We currently rely on only three crops (wheat, maize and rice) to provide nearly 50 per cent of the global dietary energy supply. This needs to change," said FAO Country Director in India Tomio Shichiri.
The trend was started in Sweden by Erik Ahlström in 2016. During his commute to work, Ahlström would frequently come across litter that would remain on the streets for weeks without anyone picking it up.
"The reason why plastic pollution has got so much attention is that science has shown the scale of the problem. Every single place that any marine scientist has ever looked, they have found plastic everywhere," she said.
The report said that investing in early warning systems, climate-resilient infrastructure, dryland agriculture crop production, global mangrove protection, and freshwater resources will pay dividends several times over.
The core agenda at this year's UNCCD explores ways to reverse land degradation and its outcomes while accelerating positive achievements for people and for ecosystems with a view to delivering on SDGs.
"Following Gandhiji’s footsteps, we must let ourselves and our children interact and engage with those whom we tend to define as ‘them’. Greater interaction is the best way to develop a sensitive understanding, which can help us overcome our prejudices," said the President.
"Delaying action ... could result in some irreversible impacts on some ecosystems, which in the longer term has the potential to lead to substantial additional emissions from ecosystems that would accelerate global warming," it said.
For decades, low awareness and a near dysfunctional waste management system has resulted in litter either thrown into or dumped on the river banks throughout the valley, which ultimately flows down to the Bagmati river.
Vamini Sethi has successfully summited three peaks, including Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mt Elbrus in Russia, and Mt Aconcagua in Argentina. Now, the penultimate, Mount Everest, is up next in a few days.
I was on a 3-month bike ride across five countries of Myanmar, Laos, Thailand , Cambodia and Nepal, to challenge the everyday use of plastic through an activity called Plogging - a mix of jogging and picking up trash.