Earth Day 2018: A few things you should know about this day

Earth Day 2018: A few things you should know about this day

Organizers of Earth Day-April 22-chose this year to focus on plastic materials, which are a problem due to their "un-biodegradable nature", according to the Earth Day Network. These include garnering global support to eliminate single-use plastics, leading the charge to impose strict regulations for plastic disposal, and educating the general public about the health and other risks associated with the polymer. Single-use plastic bag bans adopted by several North Shore communities, including Salem, Marblehead, Gloucester, Newburyport and Ipswich, are examples of that.

He encouraged Ghanaians to make every day an earth day in order to address environmental problem as they came. "We can take a step in this direction by putting an end to plastic pollution", Banerjee tweeted this morning.

The daylong event organised by Earth Day Bengaluru at The Arts Village, St Mark's Road, exhibited some eco-friendly ecosystems in urban areas through various stalls, workshops and movie screenings. Changing simple habits can have a profound effect on the world around us.

He said government is developing a National Policy on Plastic Waste Management, while also implementing a National Plastic Waste Recycling Programme.

Sand etchings up to 30 metres in diameter depicting sea creatures battling with plastic waste have appeared on beaches in France, Spain, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and Germany during April.

"We can not recycle our way out of the plastic pollution wave because we are using too much plastic in the first place", he said.

In addition to a Twitter chat about the issues, the Plastics Industry Association is encouraging its member companies to plan a company-wide cleanup of a beach, river or community; hold educational facility tours for the community and communicate sustainability messages; promote your company's recycling efforts such as bottle and film recycling in the breakroom; and encourage employees to take a recycling pledge.

In 2017 the island had the highest density of plastic rubbish on its shores of any place in the world. The grassroots movement began in 1970 when twenty million Americans took to the streets to voice their concern about the deteriorating environment, and to urge lawmakers to take action before it was too late.

According to him, plastic pollution is now an ever-present challenge.

"On #EarthDay with focus on #EndPlasticPollution, appeal all to curb use of plastics & polythene in daily life for well-being of Mother Earth", writes Mr Pattnaik while sharing pictures of his creation. 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.

He added: "We need to simplify the variety of plastics that are available on the market otherwise recycling will always end up in some low quality plastic stuff that can be used for park benches but little else". Please have the items out as early as possible.

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