World Environment Day – June 5

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World Environment Day is celebrated all around the world on June 5th since 1974. This holiday was brought by the United Nations with the purpose of encouraging and raising awareness in order to protect the environment. With this campaign, the United Nations raise awareness on many emerging issues such as pollution (both land and marine), human overpopulation, sustainable consumption, and global warming, and crimes against wildlife. More than 143 countries participate in this global event every year.

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The holiday has a special theme each year, and the theme for 2023 is #BeatPlasticPollution. The host nation this year is the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire.

The Concept of World Environment Day 2023

This year’s World Environment Day sees the United Nation embark on a campaign called #BeatPlasticPollution. This campaign aims to create increased awareness by seeking global solutions to combat the onslaught of pollution through plastic. This year’s campaign is even more special since it celebrates its 50th year in existence.

The Plastic Pollution Resolution

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Photo courtesy of: National Resources Defense Council

The Plastic Pollution Resolution is a global effort to address the growing problem of plastic pollution in our oceans and landfills. It involves implementing strategies to reduce the amount of plastic waste generated, increase recycling efforts, and promote the use of alternative materials.

The resolution aims to raise awareness about the harmful effects of plastic pollution on our environment and encourage individuals, businesses, and governments to take action to reduce plastic waste. It also calls for the development of new technologies and innovative solutions to tackle this issue.

Several countries and organizations have already pledged to support the Plastic Pollution Resolution by implementing policies and initiatives to reduce plastic waste. These efforts include banning single-use plastics, promoting sustainable packaging, and investing in new recycling technologies.

Ultimately, the goal of the Plastic Pollution Resolution is to create a cleaner and more sustainable future by reducing the amount of plastic waste that ends up in our oceans and landfills.

How Can Civil Society Tackle Plastic Pollution?

people protesting against plastic pollution
Photo courtesy of: Union Syndicale Fédérale (USF)

Civil society can play a significant role in tackling plastic pollution through various actions, including:

  1. Raising Awareness: Civil society organizations can help raise awareness about the environmental and health impacts of plastic pollution. This can be done through educational campaigns, public outreach programs, and social media campaigns.
  2. Advocating for Policy Changes: Civil society groups can advocate for policy changes at the local, national, and international levels to reduce plastic waste. They can lobby for laws and regulations that ban single-use plastics, promote sustainable packaging, and increase funding for recycling programs.
  3. Promoting Sustainable Lifestyles: Civil society organizations can encourage individuals to adopt sustainable lifestyles that reduce plastic waste. This can include promoting the use of reusable bags, water bottles, and coffee cups, and advocating for bulk shopping.
  4. Conducting Clean-up Activities: Civil society groups can organize clean-up activities in their communities to remove plastic waste from the environment. This can be done through beach cleanups, river cleanups, or street cleanups.
  5. Supporting Innovation: Civil society organizations can support innovation in materials science and recycling technologies to develop alternative materials that are more sustainable than plastic.
  6. Even something small like making a World Environment Day Poster will promote increased awareness on this important issue.

By taking these actions, civil society can contribute to reducing plastic pollution and promoting a cleaner and more sustainable future.

How Can you be a Part of World Environment Day?

There are several ways individuals can participate in reducing plastic pollution:

  1. Reduce Single-Use Plastic: Try to reduce your use of single-use plastic items such as plastic bags, straws, utensils, bamboo toothbrushes, reusable silicone bags, and cloth produce bags. Bring your reusable shopping bags, water bottles, and coffee cups.
  2. Recycle Properly: Make sure you recycle properly. Check your local recycling guidelines to ensure that you are recycling the correct items in the correct way.
  3. Participate in Community Clean-Up Activities: Participate in local community clean-up activities such as beach cleanups or street cleanups. This helps to remove plastic waste from the environment and prevent it from entering our oceans.
  4. Support Policies That Reduce Plastic Waste: Support policies that reduce plastic waste, such as those that ban single-use plastics, promote sustainable packaging, and increase funding for recycling programs.
  5. Spread Awareness: Raise awareness about plastic pollution and its impacts by sharing information with family, friends, and coworkers. Encourage them to join you in taking action to reduce plastic waste.

By taking these actions, individuals can make a significant contribution to reducing plastic pollution and promoting a cleaner and more sustainable future.

Happy World Environment Day!

As we come to the end of World Environment Day, let us remember that every action we take can make a difference. It’s not just about one day but about the small changes we can make in our everyday lives that will have a positive impact on the environment and also wildlife conservation.

Whether it’s reducing plastic waste, conserving energy, or protecting wildlife, we can all play a role in preserving our planet for future generations. Let us continue to work together to create a healthier and more sustainable world. Remember, every day is an opportunity to make a difference.

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