Earth Day is meant to emphasize the need to protect planet Earth and environment. According to the Earth Day Network, Earth Day 2018 was dedicated to spreading awareness about pollution caused by plastic products and the need to end its use. During Earth Day Celebrations, People organized marches, meeting officials, signing petitions, planting trees, cleaning up towns and roads across the world. The celebrations also highlighted the importance of turning to clean sources of energy such as solar energy, wind power, hydro power, etc.
Plastics poison and injure marine life (leading to deaths of hundreds and thousands of marine animals). They are also present in food due to packaging. Such presence is leading to major life-threatening diseases. The exponential growth of plastics and its use is seriously threatening the planet’s survival.
In Assam, Voice of Environment (an environment NGO) organized a program at a heritage site to build awareness for Earth Day Celebrations. On the occasion of Earth Day on April 22, 2018 devotees and visitors to were briefed on how important it is to look after the environment and ecology. They made the place ‘Eco -Friendly Plastic Free Zone.’
The Earth Day Celebrations were marked by various programs including Interaction cum interview with visitors, devotees at temple premises with video bit to know their views. A felicitation ceremony was also organized by team members to honor the authorities. Along with the members of the heritage site, Environmentalist Moharana Choudhury and other officials were special guests during the meeting, along with Ranjan Borthakur, senior member and representative from supportive organization of the Earth Day Network in India. Team VoE members such as Minakshi Dutta, Deboprasad Choudhury, Bhaskar Hazarika, Debopam Purkesthya were present during the program and meeting.
The speakers at the Earth Day Celebrations highlighted the problems of plastic waste and necessity of waste management along with cleanliness. The authorities of the heritage site assured their support regarding this initiative and in turning this iconic, heritage place as plastic free zone. The event was held at Kamakhya Temple (a heritage site in Assam).