Each year, over a billion people worldwide come together to take part in what has become the largest civil-focused event in the world. The Earth Day movement began nearly 50 years ago, with people taking to the streets to protest the vast impacts of industrial development. This year, Earth Day Worldwide is focusing its efforts on ending plastic pollution.
At Remote Recycle, this is something we are passionate about. It is hard to do research on plastic pollution or recycling without seeing the devastating things happening to animals and our oceans due to the irresponsible disposal of plastic. “Single Use Plastics” are plastic items that are only used one time and then are thrown away (ex. Straw, spoon, plastic bag). World-wide, only 10% of these materials are properly recycled, leaving most products to be buried underground or thrown into the oceans. When plastic materials get into the ocean, they slowly break down over time forming very small plastic particles. These small plastic pieces get consumed by fish and other marine life that have trouble determining if it is food or something else. By eating seafood, we are in turn consuming the plastic that the marine life ingested.
This year the Earth Day Network’s End Plastic Campaign has 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.
- Promoting local government regulatory and other efforts to tackle plastic pollution.
Check out their website for more information on this year’s Earth Day campaign.
Are you doing anything special for Earth Day? We would love to hear from you!