INDIA as a Host Country
India is the global host of 2018 World Environment Day which will take place on June 5, 2018. With “Beat Plastic Pollution” as the theme for this year's edition, the world is coming together to combat single-use plastic pollution.
“Beat Plastic Pollution”, the theme for World Environment 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 philosophy and lifestyle has long been rooted in the concept of co-existence with nature. The Government of India will be organizing and promoting the World Environment Day celebrations through a series of engaging activities and events generating strong public interest and participation. From pan-Indian plastic clean-up drives in public areas, national reserves and forests to simultaneous beach clean-up activities – India will lead the initiative by setting an example.
India has demonstrated tremendous global leadership on climate change and the need to shift to a low carbon economy, and will now help galvanize greater action on plastics pollution. India is also emerging as a leader, given it has one of the highest recycling rates in the world. It can be instrumental in combating plastic pollution. By hosting World Environment Day 2018, the Indian government is accelerating its leadership on an issue of tremendous magnitude. It’s a global emergency affecting every aspect of our lives. India will now be leading the push to save our oceans and planet.