"The time has come for the world to say goodbye to single-use plastic," Indian PM Narendra Modi said during UN climate event.
With over 1.3 billion population, it was indeed the need of the hour for a nation like India to stop single-use plastic. And this was confirmed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who said 'time has come for the world to say 'good-bye' to single-use plastic.'
My Government has announced that India will put an end to single use plastic in the coming years.— BJP (@BJP4India) September 9, 2019
I believe the time has come for even the world to say good-bye to single use plastic: PM Modi pic.twitter.com/exyzIBW2Wt
While addressing a huge gathering on the theme of 'Investing in Land, Unlocking Opportunities', the Prime Minister said: "I call upon the leadership of UNCCD to create a global water action agenda which is central to the land degradation neutrality strategy." He added, "I would like to draw your attention to another land degradation; it is the menace of plastic waste. My government has announced that India will put an end to single-use plastic in the coming years. The time has come for the world to say goodbye to single-use plastic." As reported by News18.
PM Modi also spoke about how climate change is affecting humanity, be it in the form of degrading land, ranging from rising sea levels to erratic rainfall. He said, "Total area restored from land degradation in India to increase from 21 million hectares to 26 million hectares." India's tree cover has also seen a significant increase with 0.8 million hectares between 2015 and 2017.
PM Modi urges citizens to shun single-use plastic.— Zürich industries (@zurichindustrie) September 9, 2019
The Prime Minister also stressed that citizens must buy indigenous products and must strive to make the policy of "Make In India" a success. pic.twitter.com/zX1DF0r0O7
PM Modi also spoke about how the nation has been using remote sensing and space technology, including for land restoration. “We are working with a motto of per drop more crop. At the same time, we are also focusing on zero budget natural farming. Going forward, India would be happy to propose initiatives for greater South-South cooperation in addressing issues of climate change, biodiversity and land degradation," he said.
In another recent report, PM Modi had said that he will be putting an end to as many as six plastic items on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Although, we can't confirm this news but it is believed that these six items include plastic bags, cups, plates, small bottles, straws and certain types of sachets.
#India to ban single-use plastic products from October 2. @PMOIndia @narendramodi Ji who is leading efforts to scrap such plastics by 2022, is set to launch the campaign with a ban on as many as six items on October 2, the birth anniversary of #MahatmaGandhi #SayNoToPlastic pic.twitter.com/xQVH81x60Q— Anshul Dave (@anshul_dave) August 30, 2019
Although it is not going to be easy for a nation with over a billion population to adapt to a ban within a day, the penalties for violations will probably come into effect after six months for people to find other alternatives. It is also expected that this plastic ban could help shave 5 to 10 percent from India's annual consumption of about 14 million tonnes of plastic.
At a time when it is the need of the hour to tackle climate change, although some still believe it is not real, what is happening around us makes it all the more evident on what's to come.
There are plastics thrown all around, rivers and seas are getting polluted, people are chopping off trees for their own good; long story short, if we don't take care of our nature, it might just spell doom for humanity.