Today Is World Oceans Day-Here's What You Can Do To Help

Ocean facts

This year's theme for World Oceans Day capitalizes on the buzz surrounding a recent National Geographic cover which features an iceberg composed of a giant plastic bag. This is beyond dispute, given the alarming figures flagged up at the discussion (see box).

Eighty percent of sea pollution originates on land, and that includes about eight million tons of plastic waste per year, he indicated. This means using less of it - especially single-use plastics - but also ensuring that what we do use is properly recycled or reused. The resulting impact of plastic on marine and bird life is disastrous. "To achieve this, it will be necessary to improve the waste management and raise public awareness for the issue". You guessed it - plastic.

Kamelan added that it was also hard to combat illegal production and the informal sector.

Recently, however, China has made efforts to curb waste.

Refuse plastic at the dry cleaner.

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All countries around the Mediterranean should boost recycling, ban single-use plastics and phase out the use of micro-plastics in detergents or cosmetics. And we've heard about the devastating impact of El Niño warning events on the corals in the Great Barrier Reef, but what we need to communicate also is that there's now evidence of a very healthy recovery only a year and a half after the breaching occurred. By reducing our use of plastics, we not only are reducing the pollution going into our oceans, but we are lowering our carbon emissions associated with the extraction and production of plastics. Plastic pollution is causing tremendous harm to our marine resources. "Change begins at home".

She noted that there are more specific commitments in side agreements, presumably the plastics charter. In connection with World Environment Day, the staff and students of the Department's Lakeside Campus took a pledge to reduce the usage of single use plastics like straws/spoons and educate others about it. The recovery of waste plastic is itself a promising business sector nowadays.

Because, make no mistake, we are in a battle. Do you bring your lunch to work in a plastic container? Hinting at the challenges it faces in achieving this goal, the statement went on to say, "The medicines, self-care medical devices and food supplements sectors are highly regulated and the use of plastics in packaging and manufacturing is driven by the need to offer safe and effective products to patients and consumers". And there's no better time to start than today-World Oceans Day. Leading brands like General Motors, Herman Miller, Interface, as well the NGO Lonely Whale and UN Environment have also joined hands with Dell in this endeavor.

Keen to set an example, the African Development Bank has organized a big beach clean-up day on Saturday, June 9, enlisting staff as volunteers.

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