Earth Day 2018 calls for an end to plastic pollution

Kilninian Beach Clean-up Activity on Mull Island in Scotland

Kilninian Beach Clean-up Activity on Mull Island in Scotland

Earth Day 2018, annually observed on April 22 to demonstrate support for global conservation efforts, is being celebrated around the world with a number of volunteer projects.

The event is nearly 50 years old having first started in the U.S. on 22 April 1970.

Forty Eight years ago, on April 22, 1970, millions of people took to the streets to protest the negative impacts of 150 years of industrial development.

Its pioneering work spawned an entire environmental movement and laws to safeguard nature. This weekend more than one billion people across 192 countries will take part in the event.




As CBS News' Walter Cronkite described it, on a special broadcast called "Earth Day: A Question of Survival", that was "a unique day in American history ... a day set aside for a nationwide outpouring of mankind seeking its own survival". Publicity around the problem has been growing in recent years, and public awareness has grown hugely.

Corporations and governments also use the occasion to make pledges and announce sustainability measures.

Today marks the 48th anniversary of Earth Day celebrated across the globe. "Earth Day 2018 is devoted to supplying the information and inspiration needed to fundamentally change human perspective and behaviour about plastics", in accordance with Earth Day Network. While litter is an ongoing issue in our oceans, marine litter is dominated by plastic items, and in 2010, it's estimated that 4,8000,000-12,700,000 tonnes of plastic were released into the oceans.

The health risks associated with the use and disposal of plastics include pollution of the ocean and contamination of the food supply from the sea, endangering of wildlife habitat and human health in general.

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