World Environment Day is celebrated on the 5th of June every year and is the United Nation’s principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Ever since its conceptions, World Environment Day had a theme for each year. The theme for 2018 was “Beat Plastic Pollution”. With the focus on beating plastic pollution, plastics can be recycled and avoided in most cases with alternatives which in turn lessen the load of toxic entering the SWM Cycle.
In honour of our Environment, APD Foundation began its day by participating in a clean-up drive conducted by Mangaluru City Corporation held at Panambur Beach in the morning.
APD Foundation along with the Mangaluru Central Railway Station-Palakkad Division of Southern Railway celebrated the “World Environment Day, 2018”. The program commenced at 11 am at the Mangaluru Central Railway Station with an aim of spreading awareness among the public regarding waste segregation and a plastic pollution free society. The program began with Sri Sayed Muhammed, health inspector of the Mangaluru Central Railway Station, addressing the gathering about the aim of World Environment Day and its theme for this year ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’. Dr Shiv Shankara Murthy the divisional medical officer welcomed the gathering and spoke about how the modernization of the society affects the environment. He also brought forward the recent issues faced by the Mangalorean people due to heavy rains and stressed how it is the duty of every citizen to fight against pollution. The station manager, Sri Ramkumar spoke about the importance of waste segregation and its role in protecting the environment. Abdullah A. Rehman, Founder and CEO of APD Foundation, engaged the public on the theme ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’. As a token of initiation and commemoration of the program, APD Foundation members provided to the Railway Station labels to be used at the various trash bins in and around the Mangaluru Central and Mangaluru Junction Railway Stations. Students of Shree Gujarati Mahajan Association English Medium School, Mangalore, performed two skits raising the concerns of waste management and the effect of environment on peace in the society. Inspector of railway protection force Mr Feroze thanked the organizers, the Students and the gathering for their support throughout the program. Over a hundred people from Mangaluru and surrounding areas were present for the program.
As a part of the Eco Day celebration, we also took part in the program conducted by Yenepoya Medical College, Deralakatte and he had a chance to speak with their students, this exchange brought forth several questions that were related to the handling of solid waste in the medical sector.