The United Nations Environment Programme, GIZ, UNEP, FICI and MOEFCC launched a two-month long Awareness campaign on Single-Use Plastics on June 8, 2021.
A two-month long awareness campaign on Single-Use Plastics, jointly organised by the United Nations Environment Programme, GIZ, UNEP, FICCI and Union Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, GOI was launched on July 8, 2021. The campaign consists of four online regional events, along with a social media campaign on mitigation of plastic pollution. The one held yesterday was the first of such campaign.
Atul Bagai, Country Head, UN Environment Programme, Dr. Rachana Arora of the GIZ, Dr. Satyendra Kumar, Director HSM MOEFCC, Chandra Bhushan, CEO of iForest, Samisha Ganeirwal, Founder of Kagzi Bottles, Kamna Swami, Advisor of GIZ India AEPW, Amit Saha, Founder of PRO India, Rahul Khera, Founder of Balancing Bits, Dr. Sonia Henam of the UNEP, Nicholas Kolesch, Vice President (Projects) at Alliance to End Plastic Waste; BK Nayak, Joint Director, FICCI and personnel from the MOEFCC were present at the event.
The issues of related Single-Use plastics, extended producer responsibility, alternative to identified Single-Use plastics, inclusive value chains and the role of social entrepreneurship in plastic waste management were covered in the event. The event saw vibrant participation of stakeholders from industry, government, citizen’s group and academic institutions. Plastic waste has emerged a serious threat to the environment. Awareness generation on plastic waste management and reduction in use of single use plastic items will be important in bringing about behavioral change. The awareness campaign aims to raise the understanding on issues related to single use plastics amongst all stakeholders.