India, a country that ranks third from the bottom in the global Environmental Performance Index, will host the World Environment Day this year, on June 5. The theme for this year is Beat Plastic Pollution, which urges governments, industry, communities and individuals to come together and explore sustainable alternatives and urgently reduce the production and excessive use of single-use plastic that is polluting our oceans, damaging marine life and threatening human health.
A study by the World Economic Forum, in 2017, spelt gloom, saying that the world’s oceans will have more plastic than fish by 2025, at the current rate of plastic dumping. India’s plastic waste makes up 60 percent of this waste, as it generates 5.6 million tonnes of plastic waste annually. Of that, 9.6 kt comes from Delhi. Since it began in 1972, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated across the globe.
The Government of India has committed to organizing and promoting the World Environment Day celebrations through a series of engaging activities and events generating strong public interest and participation. From pan-Indian plastic clean-up drives in public areas, national reserves and forests to simultaneous beach clean-up activities India will lead the initiative by setting an example. World Environment Day is a UN Environment-led global event, the single largest celebration of our environment each year, which takes place on June 5 and is celebrated by thousands of communities worldwide.