World Environment Day 2018

World Environment Day – “Beat Plastic Pollution”


Today is World Environment Day.  Celebrated on the 5th of June every year, World Environment Day is an International environment awareness campaign by the United Nations which began in 1974. Each year a host country adopts a theme. This year’s global host country India chose to champion the cause of “Beat Plastic Pollution”.

“Beat Plastic Pollution”, India’s theme for World Environment Day 2018, 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 polluting our oceans, damaging marine life and threatening human health.

Indian Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said, “We are committed to making Planet Earth a cleaner and greener place.”

In Goa

Porvorim MLA  and Minister for Revenue, IT, Labour & Employment Minister and the VC of IPB, Govt of Goa, Rohan Khaunte says “Plastic pollution is harming our environment and marine life. This World Environment Day let’s pledge against the use of plastic in the state ofGoa and help preserve this beautiful state for the future generations. One planet, One future. Let’s unite to bring change and safeguard our planet.” (source: Facebook)

Clean up drive at Calangute Beach, North Goa

Cycling Association of Goa & Tri Goa Foundation created awareness by conducting bicycle rides to promote the green concept of ‘Cycle to Work’ among the management and staff of the Verna Industrial Estate.

Over the last 15 days, each & every state has seen a huge participation of people in cleaning of beaches & rivers. If we’re able to sustain this, we’d be extremely successful: @moefcc Secretary CK Mishra as the State Environment Ministers’ conference begins at #WED2018 — at Vigyan Bhawan.

Many Goans have teamed up to clean Goa’s water bodies which are slowly being destroyed by garbage dumping from tourists, hotels and casinos etc.  One such group,  Team up to clean up Goa. has been working tirelessly to clean Goa and its beaches.

Plastic pollution has become an epidemic. Every year, we throw away enough plastic to circle the Earth four times. Much of that waste doesn’t make it into a landfill but instead ends up in our oceans, where it’s responsible for killing one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals every year. For the good of the planet, it’s time to rethink how we use plastic. Read on to get the facts and learn how you can beat plastic pollution.

Information credit: Facebook,,ToI