This article is dedicated to providing the information and inspiration needed to fundamentally change human attitudes and behaviour towards plastics.
Help End Plastic Pollution!
Plastic pollution is poisoning our oceans and land, injuring marine life, and affecting our health. You can do your bit to help end plastic pollution by finding out how many plastic items you consume every year and make a pledge to reduce the amount. Today, Earth Day, 22 April 2018 is dedicated to providing the information and inspiration needed to fundamentally change human attitudes and behaviour towards plastics.
Over 1 billion people in 192 countries take part in the largest day of action in the world
Imagine a world without plastic pollution. The Earth Day Network (EDN) is working to secure a future free of plastic pollution. Everyone has a place in this environmental movement, and EDN work with educators, faith leaders, activists, organisation and political powers to create positive changes.
The network connects over 22,000 organisations in 192 countries, making Earth Day Network a global force to be reckoned with.
Earth Day is now a global event each year, and Earth Day Network believe that more than 1 billion people in those 192 countries now take part in what is the largest civic-focused day of action in the world.
It is a day of political action and civic participation. People march, sign petitions, meet with their elected officials, plant trees, clean up their towns and roads. Corporations and governments use it to make pledges and announce sustainability measures. Faith leaders, including Pope Francis, 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.
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.
EDN has built a multi-year campaign to End Plastic Pollution. Their goals include ending single-use plastics, promoting alternatives to fossil fuel-based materials, promoting 100% recycling of plastics, corporate and government accountability and changing human attitudes and behaviour concerning plastics.
How Earth Day works:
Earth Day Network‘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, mobilizing 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.
Earth Day Network will leverage the platform of Earth Day and the growing interest in the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day in 2020 as a catalyst for global action.
Take Action! Click the link that applies to you:
- As an individual: Learn and act to End Plastic Pollution for yourself and your close communities.
- As an organisation: Learn and act to End Plastic Pollution and organise for Earth Day and beyond.
- As an educator: Use these resources to teach and help others organise to End Plastic Pollution in your school or university.