Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the annual celebration ceremony of the World Environment Day at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi. The theme for the World Environment Day 2018 is ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’. “Development should not be at the cost of green assets,” he said as he addressed the plenary session this evening, adding “plastic cripple enviroment”.
Citing India’s rising status in the world on the subject of fighting environmental pollution, Modi said “India reiterates its strong commitement towards the sustainanble development”.
“We have targeted generation of 175GW of Solar & Wind energy by 2022. We are already the 5th largest producer of Solar energy in the world and also the 6th largest producer of renewable energy,” he said.
India is the global host nation for the 43rd edition of this event. The Prime Minister will also visit the exhibition set up on the occasion at the Rajpath lawns.
Union Environment minister, representatives from the United Nations, and members from various industry bodies are among the various dignitaries attending the event, a statement said.
Earlier in the 44th edition of his monthly Radio Talk show ‘Mann Ki Baat’, the Prime Minister had underscored that India will officially host the World Environment Day celebrations. This was a recognition of the country’s growing leadership in tackling climate change issues.
He also urged people to give up the use of low grade polythene and low grade plastics and try to curb the negative impact of plastic pollution on the environment, wildlife and our health.