Environment Current Affairs - 2020

Latest Environment Current Affairs 2019 for UPSC Exams, Bank Exams, Civil Services, SSC and other Competitive Exams. Latest developments in Environment and Climate Change 2019 all important national updates in Environment events for the year 2019.

National Green Corps Ecoclub programme meets for the first time

On December 23, 2019, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) organized an annual meeting of state nodal agencies implementing the Ecoclub programme for the first time. The event was organized in collaboration with GEER foundation, Gujarat.

Highlights

Senior officers of the Ecoclub programme from 22 states and union territories participated in the programme. Around 200 students from the state of Gujarat also participated in the programme. Ecoclub awards were awarded to school students at national level. Two books were released at the event namely “Glimpses of Ecoclubs” and a handbook on International Environment Conventions and Programmes.

National Green Corps

The programme was launched by the MoEFCC covering 1,20,000 schools in India. The programme mainly covered the School Eco clubs in different states. They are titled NGC students similar to NCC. These students participate in activities related to energy conservation, water conservation, biodiversity conservation, waste management, resource management and land use planning.

Significance

The NGC is the largest programme in the world. The programme targets that the children participating in the programme will grow up and take care of the environment. The NGC cadets are given pride places at celebrations of national days when they participate in their NGC uniform. Also, when NGC cadets take up environmental activities they attract huge public attention.

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Swachh Bharat Mission achieves its urban target

On December 23, 2019, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs announced that urban areas of 35 states have been declared Open Defecation Free. It includes 4,167 cities. The target has been achieved through third party verification.

Highlights

According to the ministry, the target has been achieved by constructing 65.81 lakh househols toilets as against the target of 59 lakhs. In order to achieve the target, the ministry had launched ODF+ and ODF++ protocols. The ministry also launched Water+ protocol to make sure that no untreated waste water is discharged into water bodies.

How was the target achieved?

The Ministry partnered with Google and mapped all the public toilets for ease of access to citizens. Today around 2,300 cities have more than 57,000 public toilets mapped on google maps.

With Star Rating Protocol the ministry streamlines solid waste management in cities. With door to door garbage collection and garbage processing and waste recycling methods, today more than 57 cities have been rated as 3-star cities and 4-cities (Indore, Ambikapur, Mysuru and Navi Mumbai) have been rated 5-star cities.

Plastic management in the cities were also streamlined complying with Plastic Management rules. 

The ministry is currently working with 46 cement plants where the plastic wastes can be sent directly for recycling and reusage.

Operating ministries

The Swachh Bharat Mission for urban areas is being implemented by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. The mission for rural areas is being implemented by Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. The rural areas of India were declared Open Defecation Free on October 2, 2019. PM Modi declared rural India ODF during his address at 150th birth anniversary celebration of Mahatma Gandhi.

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