On the occasion of World Environment Day 2022, Environment and Social Development Organization today received the National Environment Award 2020. This award was bestowed upon ESDO for its outstanding contribution to the development of the country’s environment.
The award was given by H. E. Sheikh Hasina, Hon’ble Prime Minister, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh at Bangabandhu International Conference Center. On behalf of ESDO, Siddika Sultana, Executive Director received the award from the Prime Minister.
ESDO is working relentlessly to ensure biological diversity since its formation in 1990. It is the pioneer organization that initiated the anti-polythene campaign in 1990 which later resulted in a complete ban of polythene shopping bags throughout Bangladesh in 2002. Since then, ESDO has been advocating continuously for the complete ban of Single-use Plastic. Due to ESDO’s continuous advocacy and negotiation, the High Court of Bangladesh has ordered the concerned authorities to prepare the ground for banning single-use plastics in coastal areas, hotels, motels, and restaurants across the country in 2021 year. Later in a hearing on 10th February 2021, the High Court of Bangladesh ordered the concerned authorities to phase out Single-use plastic products within 31 December 2022 from the coastal area. Following the High Court’s order, the Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change have issued a gadget instructing all concerned to completely stop the use of single-use plastic from 12 coastal districts of Bangladesh by 2023.