The School of Tribal Resource Management (Geography Programme), KISS-DU observed World Environment Day on 5th June 2023. To mark the occasion, the university which has been proactively working on meeting the Sustainable Development Goals – Agenda 2030, organized a webinar on Beat Plastic Pollution was organized. The occasion was graced by Dr. Ranjan Basu, former Professor at the University of Calcutta and Dr. Gopal Krishna Panda, Professor Emeritus, KISS-DU.
The World Environment Day, the biggest international day for the environment, led by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and held annually since 1974, the event has grown to be the largest global platform for environmental outreach, with millions of people from across the world engaging to protect the planet. This year, World Environment Day was focused on solutions to the plastic pollution crisis because plastic pollution is one of the biggest environmental issues facing the planet. 40% of the world’s garbage is burnt, 12% of which consists of plastic. Plastic pollution can endanger for human health, affecting fertility, metabolism, neurology and more. Plastic pollution crosses borders and requires global action. Creating a circular economy for plastic is critical to tackling the triple planetary crisis and improving lives for everyone.
Some of the common solutions proposed by the esteemed speakers included adoption of circular economy, reusing, innovation to embrace sustainable sources, circulars and awareness to ban on the use of plastic and the like.
The session was attended by students, research scholars and senior functionaries of the university.