World Environment Day: Tamil Nadu to ban plastic bags, bottles

India is the host to this year’s World Environment Day and the theme is ‘Beat Plastic Pollution.’
Every year, June 5 is observed as World Environment Day to raise awareness and increase government action on the pressing issue. This year, the theme is ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ with focus on single-use or disposable plastic.
On World Environment Day, Tamil Nadu has decided to ban single use plastics such as polythene bags and bottles. The decision was announced by Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami in the Assembly.The ban will come to effect from next year and essential goods such as milk, oil and medicines have been exempted from the ban.The State has already banned manufacture and use of plastic bags below 51 microns. n a tweet, President Ram Nath Kovind said: “On World Environment Day, we reaffirm our commitment to a cleaner and sustainable planet. India is hosting the global celebrations this year. And we are obligated to bequeathing a greener and eco-friendly legacy to our children.”
Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu urged citizens to get back to the roots and preserve the nature.“From times immemorial Indians believed in living with nature as encapsulated in ‘Vruksho Rakshathi Rakshithaha’. Let us get back to our roots and preserve our culture and nature. All of us have a responsibility to handover a greener and cleaner planet for our future generations.
“Let us take a pledge to ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’, the theme of World Environment Day today. Time has come for every individual to join the campaign to end single-use plastic and protect the environment.”