Earth’s day theme for this year is to “End Plastic Pollution.” It’s a day dedicate to show support towards environmental protection and start in 1970.
Earth day can been part of daily lives if we applied several practices friendly to the nature. Going green will help us protect planet earth and save money. There are several tips to be applied and can be easily accessed at Earth Day. If you are able to apply at least 20 of the given tips then you will be able to enjoy clean atmosphere and a happy planet.
End Plastic Pollution is a campaign geared towards promotion of knowledge and awareness of the effects from plastic pollution. It includes four major components:
- Creating support for the adoption of plastic pollution global framework regulation.
- Promoting education and awareness of plastic pollution as well as mobilizing citizens to push their governments on the same.
- Offering knowledge on how to control and prevent plastic pollution.
- Promoting the local governments in making policies and laws that will deal with plastic pollution.
Lets understand the effects of Plastic Pollution
What happens to Plastic waste?
Plastic is not biodegradable hence takes a very long time to decompose. It doesn’t decompose completely per say but rather breaks into tiny pieces.
How is Plastic Pollution dangerous to Marine Life.
Most of the plastic waste find their way into the water bodies due to poor waste management. As a result , the marine life may confuse them for food. Since they are not digestible, the marine animals end up dying. The marine life can also end up being tangles by the plastic waste. The waste also affects penetration of oxygen into the water bodies, among others consequences.
Where does the most of the plastic waste go?
Water bodies have been the major causality when it comes to plastic pollution. Most of the industries dispose their waste into the water bodies. Poor waste management has failed water bodies in all dimensions. When you visit one of the big water bodies, you can be able to see the “plastic soap”.
What amount of plastic waste finds its way into the ocean?
This is a sad fact and disgusting at the same time. It’s sad to note that regardless of the huge amount of plastics being dumped into the ocean, very little is bein done. According to Ellen MacArthur Foundation at least 8 million tons of plastic waste find its way into the oceans.
Are Ocean important to us?
They are not only important but a major source of the oxygen we breath in. It is estimated that two-thirds of the oxygen we breathe comes from the Ocean. but this is slowly changing due to the ocean acidification.
Ocean acidification is a result f the carbon dioxide absorbed by the oceans.
Having understood the effects of plastic pollution , we can now be able to take steps on how to deal with it. It will need us to put into place various measures from banning of plastic, recycling or any other activities that reduces plastic pollution.
More countries should embrace the ban for plastics and come up with strict policies and laws. The policies and law should be able to curb the poor waste management.
As you enjoy Earth Day, be the change that you would like see. Make planet earth greener.