Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan, said that relevant laws, bills and resolutions have been passed on pollution and environment and it is up to the people to act upon it. Addressing the inaugural session of the World Environment Day celebrations on the theme “Natural Capital of India”, he recalled the strong legacy of India of caring for the environment.
He underlined that land, vegetation and rivers were all considered to be a part of divine blessings and seen as natural gifts that needed to be protected and nurtured.
“Emphasising that a host of relevant resolutions, laws and bills have been passed on pollution and other environment-related issues, Harsh Vardhan said that it is up to the people to act upon them,” an official release said quoting him.
He further added that even small contribution can add up to larger good and every individual can be inspired to work for the environment. Reiterating the momentum generated by the Green Good Deeds initiative, Harsh Vardhan said the initiative is worth emulating across the world.
“It has been appreciated at global fora including BRICS and international universities. Green Good Deeds, practice and behaviour are the mantra’ for the future, he said.
The Union Minister also said that, for India, World Environment Day 2018 is not a “symbolic” celebration, but a mission.
Erik Solheim, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme, acknowledged the minister for his approach of following Green Good Deeds, which indicates bringing environment for discussions on the kitchen table. Solheim said that the environment is a people-centric problem in India.
Speaking on the occasion, Union Environment Secretary C K Mishra said 96 ministries have participated in the World Environment Day celebrations. He added that this is not just for the sake of participation, but because of a growing concern about environment these days.
Stating that the World Environment Day on June 5 is a journey of 20 years, Mishra underlined how the years 2015 and 2016 were two important years for environment, which are about SDGs and the Paris Agreement and are very critical for analysis.
(with agency inputs)