World Environment Day 2018
World Environment Day is the UN’s most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.
Each World Environment Day is organized around a theme that focuses attention on a particularly pressing environmental concern. The theme for 2018 is beating plastic pollution.
Every World Environment Day has a different global host country, where the official celebrations take place. The focus on the host country helps highlight the environmental challenges it faces, and supports the effort to address them. This year’s host is India.
Plastic pollution is one of the biggest environmental challenges of our time, with statistics showing that there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish by 2050. To change the future, we all need to play our part. Whether it is a bottled soft drink, a bag from the supermarket or a spoon in a coffee shop, single-use plastic has become embedded in our daily lives. The low cost, convenience and lightness of these products have revolutionized the packaging of goods. However, the catastrophic environmental cost of this convenience is now becoming increasingly clear.
This year, with India as host, World Environment Day is calling on people across the world to help Beat Plastic Pollution. Every year, 8 million tonnes of plastic enter our oceans, threatening marine and human life and destroying our natural ecosystems. We want to work with education partners to help them reconsider their plastic habits, generate solutions and raise awareness. To Beat Plastic Pollution, we need everyone to step up and think deeply about how they can not only reduce, reuse and recycle, but seek to inspire new behaviour. Our aim is to use World Environment Day to reduce the amount of plastic dumped into our oceans, which is currently around a truckload every minute. This pack is an invitation to collaborate with UN Environment – work with us to take action and inspire teachers, pupils and parents alike, to help turn the tide on plastic!