World Environment Day is a global event led by the UN Environment that takes place every June 5 in thousands of communities around the world. Since its inception in 1972, it has grown to become a global platform of public reach, widely replicated across the globe.
Each year, World Environment Day is organized around a theme and serves to focus attention on a particularly pressing issue. This year’s theme, No Pollution by Plastic, appeals to the population around the world in favor of a planet without contamination by plastics.
According to the UN, the celebration of this day aims to make us aware that we can change habits in our day to day to reduce the heavy burden of the contamination of plastics in our nature, in our wildlife and on our health. While it is true that plastic has many valuable uses, we rely too much on single-use or disposable plastic, and that has serious environmental consequences.
Some Data on Plastic Pollution!
- Every year, the world uses 500 billion plastic bags
- Each year, at least 8 million tons of plastic end up in the oceans, the equivalent of unloading a garbage truck every minute.
- In the last decade, we produce more plastic than in the last century.
- 50% of the plastic we use is single-use or disposable.
- We buy 1 million plastic bottles per minute.
- The plastic constitutes 10% of all the waste that we generate.
“The message of this World Environment Day is simple: it rejects disposable plastic. If you cannot reuse it, refuse it. Together we can chart the path to a cleaner and greener planet.” – Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the UN
Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change of India, host country of the celebrations of World Environment Day 2018 and leader in recycling, said: If each of us do at least one good action every day As part of our ‘green social responsibility’, there will be millions of good green works every day on the planet.
If not us, who will? It’s our responsibility to keep our planet safe. Reuse or refuse. Together let’s change, together let’s conserve.
Stop littering and say goodbye to single-use plastic. Have a duty to raise awareness and promote actions in favor of conservation and the solution of environmental problems. Enough of the campaign, time to take action. I pledge to use plastics at a minimal level.