NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said on the sidelines of World Environment Day that, India is advancing with a clear path for addressing environmental issues and climate change while striking a balance between immediate needs and long-term goals.
Speaking on the occasion of World Environment Day, he asserted that India had increased its forest cover on a par with the expansion of its 4G and 5G cellular networks.
The elimination of single-use plastic is the focus of this year's World Environment Day. While this is a global concern, India has been actively addressing it for the past four to five years.
India began working at two levels to eliminate single-use plastic in 2018 alone. We made the processing of plastic garbage mandatory while also outlawing single-use plastic, he said. He claimed that India, like any other country, places a significant emphasis on the environment in order to advance. He said , "On the one hand, we have helped the needy, and on the other, we have also made significant progress keeping in mind the fuel requirements of the future."
In the past 9 years, India has focussed a lot on 'green and clean energy', PM said.
World Environment Day 2023: World Environment Day is celebrated every year on June 5th to raise awareness and encourage global action for the protection and preservation of our environment. This important day serves as a platform to highlight environmental issues, promote sustainable practices, and mobilize individuals, communities, and governments to take proactive steps towards a healthier planet. World Environment Day provides an opportunity for people from all walks of life to come together and unite in their commitment to safeguarding nature, reducing pollution, conserving biodiversity, and mitigating the impacts of climate change. Through various activities such as tree planting, clean-up campaigns, educational programs, and policy advocacy, this day inspires collective efforts to ensure a sustainable and thriving future for generations to come.