New Delhi, October 5th (IANS) Virtual liaison with youth and students from different parts of the country on Disposable Plastic Disposal (SUP), Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Bhupender Yadav on Monday said one of the most important climate action that is taking one can take hold of individually is the conscious change in one’s lifestyle.
Yadav stressed that there was no such thing as Planet B, recalling that “what we have is not parental property, but a loan from our future generations”.
Emphasizing public participation in the success of the mission to manage plastic waste and reduce single-use plastic, Yadav distributed the Green Pledge to the students and youth who attended the virtual webinar from across the country.
Minister for State, Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, was also present on the occasion, according to a statement from the ministry.
In view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s clear call for single-use plastics to be phased out by 2022, “Awareness programs to avoid the use of single-use plastics” were selected as one of the themes for the MoEFC Iconic Week celebrations under “Azadi. identifies Ka Amrit Mahotsav ‘from October 4th to 10th.
Behavioral changes are one of the most important and effective tools called to avoid the use of single-use plastics, which have little benefit and a high potential for waste.
In the webinar, students and young people from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra shared their experiences of the measures they have taken in their communities to reduce plastic waste and single-use plastic.
The students and youth pledged to do their best to protect the earth and its natural environment, minimize waste generation, practice reuse, avoid single-use plastic materials, use cloth bags instead of plastic bags, clean up the environment, more trees to plant, to conserve energy and water.
As part of the Cult Week celebrations for the Disposable Plastic Avoidance Awareness Program, states and union territories were encouraged to initiate awareness-raising activities targeting students and youth, citizens and civic groups, industries, market associations, city councils, and Gramm Panchayats.
The regional and subordinate offices / institutions / bodies associated with the ministry are also expected to conduct awareness-raising activities on single-use plastics in order to have a presence across India.
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