India is the global host nation for the 43rd edition acknowledged Prime Minister in the 44th edition of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ underlining that India being the official host of the World Environment Day Celebrations is a recognition of India’s growing leadership in tackling climate change issues. Today, Prime Minister, Narendra Modi will address the global celebrations of World Environment Day 2018 at New Delhi and also visit the exhibition set up on the occasion at Rajpath lawns.
The theme for this year’s World Environment Day is ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’. this event.Environment Ministers, representatives from United Nations and members from various industry bodies will be among the various dignitaries attending the event.
PM’s address on the occasion of World Environment Day 2018 at VigyanBhawan (5th June 2018)
“India is the fastest growing economy in the world today. We are committed to raising the standards of living of our people. We are also committed to ensure, that we do so, in a way that is sustainable and green. In this direction, we have given forty million new cooking gas connections in the last two years. This has freed rural women from the misery of poisonous smoke. It has also eliminated their dependence on firewood. It is the same commitment, which has seen over three hundred million LED bulbs being installed across India. Besides saving electricity, this has also prevented huge additional amounts of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere. We are engaged in a massive push towards renewable energy generation. We have targeted generation of one hundred and seventy-five GigaWatts of solar and wind energy by 2022. We are already the fifth largest producer of solar energy in the world. Not only this, we are also the sixth largest producer of renewable energy,” he added.
We are a young Nation and to generate employment, we are working towards making India a global manufacturing hub. We have launched the Make in India campaign, shared Modi. “While doing so, we are laying stress on zero defect and zero effect manufacturing. This means manufacturing that is without defect, and which does not harm the environment. As part of the Nationally Determined Contributions, India is committed to reducing thirty-three to thirty-five percent of emission intensity of its GDP during 2005 to 2030. We are on track to meet the 2030 Nationally Determined Contribution” Modi added.
According to the UNEP Gap Report, India is also on track to meet its Copenhagen Pledge and will reduce the emissions intensity of India’s GDP by twenty to twenty-five percent over 2005 levels by 2020, highlighted Modi.
“We have a robust National Biodiversity Strategy. We have also done well in the field of wildlife conservation. The population of tiger, elephant, lion rhino and other forms of wildlife is on the rise. We also recognise the need to tackle the issue of water availability, which is becoming a major challenge in India. We have launched the massive Namami Gange initiative. This programme, which has already started giving results, will soon revive the Ganga, our most precious river,” said Modi.
“India is primarily an agrarian country. Continued availability of water for agriculture is of importance. The Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana has been launched to ensure that no farm goes without water. Our motto is ‘More crop, per drop.’ We have also launched a massive campaign to ensure that our farmers convert agricultural waste to valuable nutrients instead of burning them,” he said further.
On the World Environment Day 2018 theme, Modi said it seeks to address a very significant challenge this year. Plastic now threatens to become a menace to humanity. A lot of it never makes it to the recycling bin. Worse, a lot of it is non-bio-degradable. Plastic pollution is already having a deadly impact on our marine ecosystem. Scientists and fishermen alike have pointed to signs of trouble. These include declining fish catches, warming ocean temperatures, and vanishing habitats. Marine litter especially micro-plastic, is a major trans-boundary problem. India is preparing to join the “Clean Seas Campaign” and make its contribution towards saving our oceans. Plastic pollution is now entering into our food chain. In fact, micro plastics have now even entered basic food like salt, bottled water and tap water.
“The per capita plastic consumption in India is much lower than in many parts of the developed world. Our national mission on cleanliness and sanitation – Swachh Bharat Abhiyan – has a special focus on plastic waste management. Environmental degradation hurts the poor and vulnerable, the most. It is the duty of each one of us, to ensure that the quest for material prosperity does not compromise our environment. As part of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development the world had agreed to the theme of “Leave No One Behind.” This is not possible without ensuring that we all come together to protect what Mother Nature has given us, added Modi.
Glimpses of action to run up to World Environment Day 2018
Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Harsh Vardhan has said that for India, World Environment Day 2018 is “not a symbolic celebration, but a mission”. The Minister invited the people to take care of their Green Social Responsibility and urged them to take up Green Good Deeds in everyday life. Harsh Vardhan stated that 700 Green Good Deeds are available and people are required to take small positive actions without any extra efforts that can help conserve our environment.
Addressing the gathering, Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UN Environment said that plastic is a huge environmental and health issue. He mentioned that individual in tackling plastic pollution and taking specific measures to deal with single use plastic.
Here, C.K. Mishra, Secretary, MOEF&CC welcomed the dignitaries and presented the welcome address highlighted that great ideas have come up during this event and there is a need to package all these ideas in a nice way. Further, he also briefly highlighted that Paris Agreement (PA) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the two important agreements that have been adopted in the year 2015. He said that India is taking every action to fulfil its commitment and goal under PA and SDGs.
In his keynote address, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Subhash Garg, highlighted accounting for GDP and requirement of new technology for managing forest, natural resources etc in an efficient way.
Chairperson, Sustainable India Finance Facility Satya S. Tripathi delivered the vote of thanks.
A thematic knowledge conference on “Natural Capital of India: Status and Policy Implications/ Launch of TEEB for Agriculture and Food Report/ Nitrogen: Joining up for a Cleaner Environment/ Scaling Impact Investment in India” was organized today in “Vigyan Bhawan” to mark the beginning of 5-day long celebration of World Environment Day, 2018 (WED-2018). The session was organized by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) in collaboration with UN Environment.
First plenary session on “Natural Capital of India: Status and Policy Implications”. The plenary session focused on findings of the ‘Natural Capital Status of India’ assessment, Identify the regional profile of the tradeoffs amongst natural capital and other types of capital, Establish relevance of wealth estimates in tracking the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals and Evaluate the role of wealth within the larger context of a circular economy approach.
The Second plenary session on “Launch Event for TEEB for Agriculture and Food Report”. This dialogue session has been witness the launch of the TEEB Agri Food ‘Scientific and Economic Foundations Report’ and sharing of key findings including the role of the evaluation framework in contributing to a new more holistic, multi-dimensional, systems-thinking paradigm and the potential impact for decision- makers in policy, business and farming, and in contributing to the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals. The session also highlighted best- practices from India on natural farming emerging in small holder agricultural landscapes that can be replicated and scaled in additional geographies to reduce vulnerability to climate change impacts.
The Third plenary session on “Nitrogen: Joining up for a Cleaner Environment”. This session focussed on how nitrogen can play a role in supporting India to progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by highlighting where interventions are possible, potential environmental and social benefits and outline the intergovernmental processes for nitrogen management. The session also focussed on nitrogen management within the context of supporting India’s economic growth as well as the untapped potential and India’s leadership to champion global nitrogen mitigation.
The Fourth plenary session on “Scaling Impact Investment in India”. This dialogue session focussed on bringing together innovators, entrepreneurs, industrial houses and policy makers on a single platform with an agenda to find solutions using science/deep tech rather than just being activists about it. This session focussed on align capital with innovators to find solutions for critical problems which we experience in our daily life. It brings together thought leaders from diverse fields to share their views and insights on leveraging private finance for public good. The Summit anticipates attracting a significant audience of industrialists, venture capitalists, angel investors, bankers, senior government officials and foreign delegates.