World Environment Day first observed in 1972 and since then World Environment Day has been raising awareness, supporting actor, and driving change.
In his speech, António Guterres (UN Secretary General) urged the world to “Beat the Plastic”
Secretary General’s message
“A healthy planet is essential for a prosperous and peaceful future. We all have a role to play in protecting our only home, but it can be difficult to know what to do or where to start.
That’s why this World Environment Day has just one request: beat plastic pollution. Our world is swamped by harmful plastic waste.
Every year, more than 8 million tonnes end up in the oceans. Microplastics in the seas now outnumber stars in our galaxy. From remote islands to the Arctic, nowhere is untouched. If present trends continue, by 2050 our oceans will have more plastic than fish.
On World Environment Day, the message is simple: reject single-use plastic. Refuse what you can’t re-use. Together, we can chart a path to a cleaner, greener world.”
– António Guterres (UN Secretary-General)
The rate at which the piles of plastic waste are adding every day is tremendous which is going to cause a very serious impact on the environment.
Many countries are preparing themselves to fight against this serious issue but most of these initiatives are waste management initiative. In order to reduce the waste generation the most important thing that required is awareness among the people.
Wherever we can we should reduce the use of non-biodegradable products and shift our focus toward the reusable goods.
“I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use.” —Mother Teresa