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World Environment Day: #BeatPlasticPollution

Posted: Monday, June 5, 2023. 9:42 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Today is being observed around the globe as World Environment Day.

The day is being celebrated under the theme, #BeatPlasticPollution.

Data from the United Nations show that over 400 million tons of plastic is produced every year worldwide, half of which is designed to be used only once. Of that, less than 10 per cent is recycled.

In addition, an estimated 19-23 million tons end up in lakes, rivers and seas annually. That is approximately the weight of 2,200 Eiffel Towers all together.

Discarded or burnt single-use plastic harms human health and biodiversity and pollutes every ecosystem from mountain tops to the ocean floor.

The U.N. says that with available science and solutions to tackle the problem, governments, companies and other stakeholders must scale up and speed actions to solve this crisis.

Join the #BeatPlasticPollution movement.

 

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