World Environment Day, 5 June 2018

05 June 2018

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World Environment Day this year falls on 5 June 2018. The theme this year is ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ and is a call for action to combat one of the world’s greatest environmental challenges.

The theme invites people to consider the use of plastic in everyday life and the impact of plastic pollution on the world’s natural places and wildlife. Nearly one-third of plastic packaging used escapes collection systems and each year over 13 million tonnes of plastic makes its way into the world’s oceans. Plastic also makes its way into the water supply system which leads to humans ingesting it.

A social media hashtag, #BeatPlasticPollution, has been created in order for social media users to share ideas.

Source: World Environment Day, 1 June 2018