AM/NS India’s World Environment Day celebrations get off with a cleanup of the Suvali beach

It has organised a series of events up to June 20 aimed at creating environmental awareness to mark the occasion


Hazira-Surat: ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel India (AM/NS India), a joint venture between ArcelorMittal and Nippon Steel, two of the world’s largest steelmakers, kick started the World Environment Day celebrations by organising a beach cleaning activity at Suvali beach in Surat. The event took place on Thursday and marked the beginning of a series of initiatives aimed at promoting environmental awareness and conservation efforts.

The beach cleaning activity, organised under the aegis of “Mission LiFE” in collaboration with the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) by AM/NS India’s Environment and CSR team, brought together 200+ volunteers, employees, officials, school children, and the local community members, who joined forces to make a positive impact on the local ecosystem.

GPCB Regional Officer Dr. Jignasha Oza, Capt. Rituparn Raghuvanshi, Head – AM/NS Ports, Hazira, Sankara Subramanian, Head – Environment, AM/NS India,  Kiransinh Sindha, Lead – CSR, AM/NS India, Hazira and Principal of Navchetan International School Hasmukh Patel graced the occasion.

The dignitaries delivered speeches emphasising the significance of environmental conservation and urged everyone to contribute to the cause. They lauded the volunteers, AM/NS India employees, and local villagers for their active participation in the beach cleaning effort.

“At AM/NS India, we recognise the environmental crisis our planet faces and we are committed to doing our best in preserving the environment. We are very happy with the enthusiastic participation of our employees, school children and local villagers in the beach cleaning activity. This event serves as the foundation for a series of events we have organised to celebrate World Environment Day. These events are designed to create a positive impact on the environment and will continue for nearly three weeks. I am confident that they too will receive a very good response,” said Mr Subramanian.

Armed with biodegradable bags, gloves, and a shared commitment, the volunteers split into smaller groups and covered a 2 km stretch of the beach. Carefully navigating the shoreline, they collected and disposed of the litter that had accumulated on the coast.

AM/NS handed mementoes to the volunteers to express appreciation for their active participation in the event and for making it meaningful and successful.

Among other events, AM/NS India has organised a poster competition for employees and associates from June 1 to 10, and a Sujhaav or suggestion competition from June 2 to 10. Also 1100 Trees will be carried out inside the Hazira plant complex and in Hazira village for plantation on World Environment Day. A competition for students of government school in Hazira has been organised the next day.

An offline quiz completion on June 7, an exhibition on waste to best in the AM/NS India township on June 8, a plastic waste collection drive in Hazira and online session on plastic recycling in the steel sector on June 9, and a garden competition on June 12 are some of the other events organised as a part of the World Environment Day celebrations.

A poster competition for school children and a training session for children by GPCB will be organised in the third week of June. The celebrations will conclude on June 20.