Earth Day: Let's pledge to keep our environment clean, says Mamata

Earth Day: Let's pledge to keep our environment clean, says Mamata

Earth Day: Let's pledge to keep our environment clean, says Mamata

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End Plastic Pollution aims to lead a worldwide grassroots movement, which will focus on regulating plastic pollution.

"This Earth Day, it is time to confront the reality and address the corporate addiction to single-use plastics", she added. By the end of the year, the United States Environmental Protection Agency had been created and the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts had all passed.

Some governments now are responding to the plastics crisis.

Since age 16, Boyan Salat has had one dream - to clean up the trillions of pieces of plastic that are polluting our oceans and killing precious marine life.

At the event, some artistic works from plastic waste were exhibited.

British Environment Secretary Michael Gove said, "When it comes to our seas and oceans, the challenge is global so the answer must be too".

The country, he said, should consider ideas to eradicating plastic pollution such as building houses, boats, and other structures with plastic waste.

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Staff also created cards opposite to that with toy animals trapped in plastic wrappers and bags, and where beaches are of plastic rubbish to emote feelings and emotion around pollution in the world. Like the Ghost of Climate Change Yet To Come, our old enemy continues to deliver stark reminders of what our planet could be like if we fail to change our ways. Have public events like Earth Day ever inspired meaningful change at the federal level? On this day, governments, corporations and citizens are encouraged to make pledges and support sustainability measures.

Since 1950, humans have produced 8.3 billion metric tonnes of plastic, with a half of that being made in the past fourteen years.

Supermarkets are also being asked to bring in a plastic-free aisle in their stores, similar to what has been done in the Netherlands, and to set up systems whereby consumers can buy items in bulk.

Valeria Merino, vice-president of Global Earth Day at Earth Day Network, said, "Plastic pollution is now an ever-present challenge".

In South Africa, Senegal, Cameroon, and Kenya, Greenpeace Africa is working with volunteers to conduct beach and town cleanups and brand audits to identify the companies responsible for plastic pollution.

Wachholz said if consumption was reduced that would make it economically viable to look at establishing more effective collection-sorting-recycling processes that focus on individual plastics rather than grouping them all together. EDN's efforts center around the Five Rs: "Reduce, Refuse, Reuse, Recycle and Remove" actions. Yet many countries are banning BPA, phthalates, and other chemicals from plastics in some plastic products, and even industry is scouring around for suitable alternatives to fossil fuel based plastics, although so far many "biodegradable" plastics aren't living up to their reputation. McDonald's and Coca-Cola both announced initiatives in January aimed at reducing the amount of packing waste in their global operations. This highlights the need to rid the world of plastic. Can I use something else that I already have?

Hope to see you there!

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