Earth Day 2018 LIVE Updates: Emphasis on ending plastic pollution, PM Modi reaffirms commitment to mitigate climate change
Earth Day 2018 LIVE Updates: According to Earth Day Network, this year is dedicated to spreading awareness about the pollution caused by plastic and the need to eventually end its use.
People around the globe will on Sunday come together to celebrate the Earth Day, a day meant to emphasise on the need to protect the planet and preserve its environment. 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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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.
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United Nations tells you about the least you can do to help save planet Earth.
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Discovery gives you a list of plastic items that have to be given up in order to protect your environment
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PM Narendra Modi tweeted this morning to give a shoutout to Earth Day, asking people to come together to ‘mitigate the menace of climate change’ as a ‘tribute to our beloved Mother Earth.’