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National Pollution Control Day – Saving the Environment
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Pollution is one of the major problems of the world of which India has been facing the threat at its absolute worst. The natural resources are getting over, the unwanted waste is accumulating, and the climate change is real.
We have been warned from time to time, but to no effect, we are still not serious enough with respect to our environment. If we didn’t take some serious measures, then we may have to find some other planet to live.
India has been prone to all kinds of pollution, whether it is soil, air, water or noise pollution, each of them affects our environment on a severe level, ultimately causing problems to our society.
About National Pollution Control Day
National pollution control day is observed on December 2nd every year. On this day, let’s pledge to keep our planet and people alive and especially our country. It is observed to spread awareness among the people of society informing them about the effects and problems caused by pollution.
It is about taking steps to fight pollution. The main objective of the day is also to inform people about the tragedies that have happened in the past because of pollution.
In fact, in India, the day is also to remember those who lost their lives during Bhopal Gas Tragedy on December 2nd, 1984. It happened due to the discharge of the highly poisonous gas ‘Methyl Isocyanate’, which affected more than 500,000 people (According to the report).
The main objectives of the National Pollution Control Day are to preach people about the problems caused due to pollution. The most important point is to make them aware of the pollution caused by industrial waste each year. Industrial waste is released into our air and water bodies and hence causing a lot of problems.
Also, we all need to take a stand and make it our own responsibility to stop throwing the waste here and there and can stop pollution from increasing further.
Methods Opted by Our Government
Looking at the condition of the environment and increasing pollution, the Indian government has launched various prevention acts from time to time. Some of those acts are:
• Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act of 1974
• Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Cess Act of 1977
• Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act of 1981
• Environment (Protection) Act of 1986
• Hazardous Waste (Handling and Management) Rules of 1989
• Hazardous Chemical (Manufacture, Storage and Import) Rules of1989
• Chemical Accidents (Emergency, Preparedness, Planning, and Response) Rules of 1996
• Bio-Medical Waste (Handling and Management) Rules of 1998
• Recycled Plastics (Usage and Manufacture) Rules of 1999
• Ozone Depleting Substances (Regulation Act) Rules of 2000
• Noise Pollution (Regulation & Control Act) Rules of 2000
• Maharashtra Bio-Degradable Garbage (Control) Ordinance of 2006
• Environment Impact Assessment Notification of 2006
National Pollution Control Board
National Pollution Control Board (NPCB) is the government body responsible for controlling pollution in India. It keeps a check on the laws regarding pollution, prevention acts, and also to make sure that Industries are using environmentally friendly technologies in the right way or not.
Facts about Pollution in India
• In the list of 20 most polluted cities in the world, 13 are only in India.
• River Ganga and Yamuna are ranked under 10 most polluted rivers of the World.
• The city of Bengaluru has almost run out of Water. According to a report by NITI Aayog, Delhi might run out of the water by 2030 if some serious measures are not taken.
• Every Year massive green cover is destroyed and damaged in the name of Development. Trees are cut down to build highways and houses and hence causing more pollution.
Problems of pollution in India is a serious one and has to address on different fronts and multiple platforms with the help of renowned people and personalities. We have to step up and volunteer to clean the pollutants and waste everywhere. Recycling and reusing should be our priorities.
“Wake up People! If we don’t act now, there be nothing be left to act in the future.”
“Save Your Future!”