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Environment Day celebration begins at Versova

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : May 28, 2018, 1:46 am IST
Updated : May 28, 2018, 1:46 am IST

The massive Versova Beach clean up led to removal of 15 million kilograms of garbage from the beach in two years.

Erik Solheim, Head, UN Environment participated in the Versova beach clean up on Sunday. (Photo: Shripad Naik)
 Erik Solheim, Head, UN Environment participated in the Versova beach clean up on Sunday. (Photo: Shripad Naik)

Mumbai: The celebration of World Environment Day kicked off at Versova Beach on Sunday as environment lawyer-cum-activist Afroz Shah, who is spearheading the Versova beach clean-up, was joined by United Nations Executive Programme's (UNEP), executive director Erik Solheim.

Lauding the citizens' movement of cleaning Versova Beach, Mr Solheim said that India is taking positive steps towards curbing the pollution from plastic waste.

 

Mr Solheim is on his India visit given the country is the global host of the World Environment Day this year, which is annually celebrated on June 5.  The massive Versova Beach clean up led to removal of 15 million kilograms of garbage from the beach in two years.

“The first time I came here, it was the worst scenario with plastic littered everywhere on the beach. There has been fantastic improvement now, as though there is some amount of plastic on the surface, it has reduced to a good extent. Throughout the country, the state and central government is also taking steps to clean the rivers along with various organisations, it is commendable,” said Mr Solheim.

 

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