Earth Day 2018 takes place this Sunday, 22nd of April, and the central campaign of this year’s event is End Plastic Pollution.
For the unaware, Earth Day is an annual global event started back in 1970 that aims to raise awareness and provide support for tackling environmental pollution and its causes.
It’s estimated that more than 1 billion people in 192 countries around the world take part in Earth Day in a number of ways ranging from participating in protests and marches against pollution to planting trees, cleaning up roads and meeting with government officials to discuss methods for reducing pollution.
It’s an extremely important event and one that addresses the harmful nature of pollution and what must be done to prevent irreversible damage from occurring.
As mentioned above, this year’s Earth Day is focused on ending the plastic pollution of our oceans, water and wildlife through the multi-year campaign to End Plastic Pollution.
Plastic pollution is one of the biggest environmental hazards the world has ever faced as it not only poisons and injures marine life and wildlife but also threatens the health of millions of people around the world due to its presence in certain foods.
The goal of the End Plastic Pollution campaign includes ending single-use plastics (e.g. non-recyclable plastics), identifying and promoting alternatives to fossil fuel-based materials such as plastic and promoting 100 percent recycling of plastics.
The Earth Day 2018 website contains useful resources with information on how members of the public can get involved and contribute to the campaign, such as:
- Ending their use of disposable plastics
- Planting a tree of donating to plant a tree
- Reducing their carbon footprint
- Eating less meat
Environmental pollution is a chief cause of climate change and by reducing the amount of waste we produce and opting for recyclable products and environmentally friendly processes we can make a difference and reduce the negative effects of both pollution and climate change.
For more information on Earth Day 2018 and to find out how you can get involved, please visit the Earth Day 2018 website.