For every day that we celebrate our lives and what it means to us, it has become essential to appreciate the fact that our planet, Earth, is fragile and we, as the most intelligent species inhabiting the Earth, are dutybound to protect and preserve the planet for the future. This #WorldEnvironmentDay is crucial as it promotes the theme to #BeatPlasticPollution. India as the host nation this year has taken multiple efforts to promote the message and India’s renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has taken tremendous efforts to put the message across to people.
— Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) June 5, 2018
The #WorldEnvironmentDay is United Nations’ (UN) most important day to encourage worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach and is widely celebrated in over 100 countries. #WorldEnvironmentDay is a reminder for people to do something to take care of our planet Earth.
#BeatPlasticPollution, the theme for the World Environment Day 2018, is a call to action for all of us to come together to combat one of the great environmental challenges of our time. It is time we consider how we can make changes in our everyday lives to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on our natural places, our wildlife – and our own health.
Sudarsan Pattnaik’s art showcases the unfortunate plight of the turtles that die each year from ocean pollution as they mistake plastics and other garbage as food. Many species, like the Olive Ridley Turtles, are endangered and the continual pollution on our part will eventually cause their extinction which will have great repercussions over the ecological system of the planet. Pattnaik’s installation on the beach of the little town of Puri in the eastern state of India, Odisha, has caught the attention of the world.
While plastic has many valuable uses, we have become over-reliant on single-use or disposable plastic – with severe environmental consequences. This #WorldEnvironmentDay we pledge to engage partners from all corners of society and the world, especially the South Asian diaspora, to join us in raising awareness and inspiring action to form the global movement needed to #BeatPlasticPollution for good.
Not competent enough to sit idle and stare as the world goes by, Pallavi is optimistic to a fault and believes in building her world on her own rather than depending on others to make things right.