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World Environment Day: Host country India kicks off celebrations at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi
India as the host country for global celebrations of World Environment Day 2018, kicked off with the theme "Beat Plastic Pollution" and three thematic sessions at Vigyan Bhawan were held on June 1, stated a press release.

Besides the inaugural session, the thematic sessions on Himalayan ecosystem and air pollution were held.

The inaugural session at Vigyan Bhawan focussed on the management of plastic pollution addressed by Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr Mahesh Sharma. He pointed out that the need of the hour is to create a social awareness, particularly among the youth, on reducing the single use of plastic and its reuse, the release added.  

Dr Sharma was of the view that the menace of plastic cannot be tackled till a win-win situation is created for all the stakeholders with regard to the use of plastic through the Extended Producer Responsibility in reducing the use of plastic by retrieving, recycling and reusing plastic.

Various speakers, made the following salient points were made during the inaugural session as per the release and their one-liners are given below.

-There is a need to introspect on what can be done individually, as well as collectively to reduce the use of plastic.

-The need of the hour is to launch a strong campaign to say no to the single use of plastic. 

-The single use plastics are a concern because they are non-biodegradable. 

-Introduce 'Plogging' concept that combines picking up plastic waste while jogging, which is popular in several European nations to reduce plastic pollution.

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