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Tuesday, 10 April 2018 10:29

Earth Day action to focus on ending plastic pollution

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EarthDayMore than one billion people in 192 countries across the globe are expected to take part in Earth Day on April 22, with the focus on mobilising the world to end plastic pollution.

Earth Day is the largest civic-focused day of action in the world, during which people march, sign petitions, meet with their elected officials, plant trees, clean up their towns and roads.

Earth Day president Kathleen Rogers says corporations and governments use it to make pledges and announce sustainability measures. Faith leaders, including Pope Francis, who has referred often to the problems of the "throwaway culture", connect Earth Day with protecting God’s greatest creations, humans, biodiversity and the planet that we all live on.

“Earth Day Network, the organisation that leads Earth Day worldwide, today announced that Earth Day 2018 will focus on mobilising the world to End Plastic Pollution, including creating support for a global effort to eliminate single-use plastics along with global regulation for the disposal of plastics,” Ms Rogers says.

“EDN will educate millions of people about the health and other risks associated with the use and disposal of plastics, including pollution of our oceans, water, and wildlife, and about the growing body of evidence that decomposing plastics are creating serious global problems.

“From poisoning and injuring marine life to the ubiquitous presence of plastics in our food to disrupting human hormones and causing major life-threatening diseases and early puberty, the exponential growth of plastics is threatening our planet’s survival. EDN has built a multi-year campaign to End Plastic Pollution.

“Our goals include ending single-use plastics, promoting alternatives to fossil fuel-based materials, promoting 100 percent recycling of plastics, corporate and government accountability and changing human behaviour concerning plastics.”

EDN’s End Plastic Pollution campaign includes four major components:

• Leading a grassroots movement to support the adoption of a global framework to regulate plastic pollution;
• Educating, mobilising and activating citizens across the globe to demand that governments and corporations control and clean up plastic pollution;
• Educating people worldwide to take personal responsibility for plastic pollution by choosing to reject, reduce, reuse and recycle plastics, and
• Promoting local government regulatory and other efforts to tackle plastic pollution.

If your religious organisation, group or organisation wishes to take part, head to the Earth Day website for details.

PHOTO: www.earthday.org.