BEAT PLASTIC POLLUTION
- 04 Jun
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Today, the 5th of June 2018, Zimbabwe joins the rest of the world in commemorating World Environment Day. It is an environmental awareness day, run by the United Nations which is sometimes called Eco Day or Environment Day. The Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. It was first commemorated in 1974.
The aim of the Day is to raise awareness of the environment and specific environmental issues. It also urges people to become active supporters of sustainable and equitable living, to promote awareness and an understanding that communities play a central role in changing attitudes towards environmental issues.
WHAT IS THE THEME FOR 2018?
The Theme for 2018 is “Beat Plastic Pollution”. It is a call to action for all of us to come together to combat one of the great environmental challenges of our time. The theme invites us all to consider how we can make changes in our everyday lives to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on our natural places, our wildlife and our own health. While plastic has many valuable uses, we have become over reliant on single-use or disposable plastic – with severe environmental consequences.
This World Environment Day we are engaging partners from all corners of society and the world to join us in raising awareness and inspiring action to form the global and local movement needed to beat plastic pollution for good.
To beat plastic pollution, we need to entirely rethink our approach to designing, producing and using plastic products. This World Environment Day, our goal is to inspire the kind of solutions that lead to sustainable behaviour change upstream. We are building on the global momentum to beat plastic pollution and use World Environment Day as a turning point to inspire innovators, activists and leaders worldwide to do more than just clean up existing plastics, but also focus our action upstream. Our goal is to foster the dialogue that leads to new models for plastic production and consumption. Individuals, the private sector and policymakers all have critical roles to play.