Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged the world to say 'goodbye to single-use plastic' while addressing the session of the 14th Conference of Parties (COP Summit) to United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in Greater Noida, on Monday. He stated that the menace of plastic waste is a form of land degradation. If this is not prevented, it will be impossible to reverse, said PM Modi. Addressing the gathering based on the theme 'Investing in Land, Unlocking Opportunities', PM Modi said, "I call upon the leadership of UNCCD to create a global water action agenda which is central to the land degradation neutrality strategy."
My Government has announced that India will put an end to single use plastic in the coming years. I believe the time has come for even the world to say good-bye to single use plastic: PM— PMO India (@PMOIndia) September 9, 2019
Speaking at the gathering, PM Modi focused on the effects of using plastic. He said, "Apart from having adverse health implications, the use of plastic is going to render lands unproductive and unfit for agriculture." He pointed out that the Indian government has announced that it will put an end to single-use plastic in the coming years in the country. He said that India is now committed to the development of environment-friendly substitutes and also has an efficient plastic collection and plastic disposable method.
According to PM Modi, human empowerment is closely linked to the state of the environment. He stated that even if a number of frameworks are introduced, the implementation of any plan is possible with teamwork. In his speech, he gave an example of India's Swachh Bharat Mission where he gave the statistics of the sanitation coverage.
We may introduce any number of frame works but real change will always be powered by teamwork on the ground. India saw this in the case of the Swachh Bharat Mission. People from all walks of life took part and ensured sanitation coverage was up from 38% in 2014 to 99% today:PM— PMO India (@PMOIndia) September 9, 2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is currently leading a campaign ‘Say No to Single-use Plastic’. He had urged people to observe the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi this year as a day to make India plastic-free. He had also issued a clarion call on his radio broadcast show 'Mann ki Baat' after previously speaking about it in his Independence Day speech.