- Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has declared Andaman and Nicobar Islands as India’s first clean Sujal Pradesh. Speaking at a function in Port Blair, he handed over the certificate to Lt Governor Admiral DK Joshi.
- Now, all villages in Andaman and Nicobar Islands have been certified as Har Ghar Jal and have been verified as Open Defecation Free – ODF Plus.
- On Andaman and Nicobar Islands, there are 62,000 rural households spread over 266 villages in 9 blocks of three districts. The union territory has piped water supply to all 368 schools, 558 Anganwadi centers and 292 public institution centres.
Environment Current Affairs
Environment Current Affairs, Important for Competitive Exams.
Flood situation in northern Odisha remains grim after incessant rains since 18th August.
- The flood situation in northern Odisha remains grim after incessant rains since 18th August.
- The state administration is keeping a close watch on all the 4 major river systems of the region namely Subarnarekha, Brahmani, Baitarani & Budhabalanga, which are in spate.
- State Water Resources Minister Tukuni Sahu has reviewed the flood situation in North Odisha, the Minister said that the local administration is fully prepared to deal with any crisis arising out of the flood situation.
- The 3 districts of North Odisha namely Balasore, Mayurbhanj & Keonjhar are badly affected by the floods, Balasore is the worst affected.
- While all the major rivers in these districts are facing either stagnant water level or drop in water level, the Subarnarekha river flowing through Balasore district is flowing above the danger mark.
World Environment Day is observed globally on 5th June every year to highlight that the protection & health of the environment is a major issue, affecting the well-being and economic development of people around the world. The celebration of this day gives us an opportunity to broaden the base of enlightened opinion & responsible conduct by individuals, enterprises, communities in preserving and enhancing the environment.
The theme of this day 2022 “Only One Earth”.
The idea of WED can be traced back 50 years to the hot June in Stockholm, Sweden. That’s when the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment took place. Widely regarded as the 1st global environmental summit, it was here that the idea of World Environment Day was formalised, 1st held in 1973. Since then, the annual event on 5 June has helped both celebrate the planet & put a spotlight on the dangers it faces.
Qns : When and for what is World Environment Day celebrated?
Ans : World Environment Day is observed on 5th June each year to highlight that the protection & health of the environment is a major issue, affecting the well-being and economic development of people around the world.
Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban 2.0, under the aegis of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, has launched the ‘National Behaviour Change Communication Framework for Garbage Free Cities’ to strengthen the ongoing jan andolan for ‘Garbage Free Cities’.
Urban India has seen a social revolution in the field of sanitation, with one hundred and thirty crore citizens rallying behind the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s clarion call for ‘Clean India’ to become a developmental priority during his Independence Day Speech on 15th August 2014. Over the last seven years, this Government policy for cleanliness has metamorphosed to become the world’s largest behaviour change programme that champions the principles of sustainable urbanization, circular economy, Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, as well as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Environment Minister Bhupendra Yadav on 25 Mar 2022 informed that 5th October has been designated as the National Dolphin Day to be celebrated every year to create awareness for conservation of Dolphins. Mr Yadav said that, generating awareness & community participation is integral for conservation of the indicator species.
He chaired the 67th meeting of the Standing Committee of the National Board for Wild Life in New Delhi on 25 Mar 2022. Considering that generating awareness amongst the people on the benefits of conservation of Dolphins is important, the Standing Committee recommended that every year 5th of October should be celebrated as National Dolphin Day.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated a 550-tonne capacity “Gobar-Dhan (Bio-CNG) Plant” in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, on 19 February 2022 through video conferencing.
What is Gobar-Dhan ?
Wet urban household waste and waste from cattle and farm is Gobar Dhan.
About Gobar-Dhan (Bio-CNG) Plant
- It has been set up at a cost of Rs 150 crore.
- This is the biggest Bio-CNG plant in Asia.
- The gobardhan plant is based on the concept of waste-to-wealth innovation.
- The plant is based on zero-landfill models, which means no rejects would be generated.
- The Indore Gober Dhan Bio CNG plant will produce around 17,000 kg per day of CNG, and 100 tonnes per day of organic compost.
Need and Benefits Bio CNG Plant?
- Lakhs of tonnes of garbage have occupied thousands of acres of land for decades across the country causing air and water pollution, the major reason behind the spread of diseases.
- Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, providing green energy; and organic compost as fertiliser.
- It is proposed that such Gober Dhan Bio CNG plants will be established in 75 big Municipal bodies in coming two years.