Sunday 22 April is Earth Day and this year is focused this year on putting an end to plastic pollution.
As an eco retreat proudly sustaining Advanced Eco Certification along with Green Travel Leader status with Eco Tourism Australia, at Thala we’re doing our bit to help reduce plastic waste.We’ve done away with plastic straws and our takeaway coffee cups are biodegradable and environmentally friendly. We know we can always do more and encourage our guests to help us to help the planet. Earth Day is a good reminder for us all to lift our game.
Earth Day Network, the organization that leads Earth Day worldwide on April 22, will focus on mobilising the world to End Plastic Pollution, including creating support for a global effort to eliminate single use plastics along with uniform regulation for the disposal of plastics. EDN aims to educate millions of people about the health and other risks associated with the use and disposal of plastics, including pollution of our oceans, water, and wildlife, and about the growing body of evidence that decomposing plastics are creating serious global health problems.
From poisoning and injuring marine life to the ubiquitous presence of plastics in our food to disrupting human hormones and causing major life-threatening diseases and early puberty, the exponential growth of plastics is threatening our planet’s survival. EDN has built a multi-year campaign to End Plastic Pollution. Their goals include ending single use plastics, promoting alternatives to fossil fuel-based materials, promoting 100 percent recycling of plastics, corporate and government accountability and changing human behavior concerning plastics.
“There is a growing tidal wave of interest in ending plastic pollution and some countries and governments are already in the vanguard. Earth Day Network believes we can turn that tidal wave into a permanent solution to plastics pollution,” said Kathleen Rogers, President of EDN.
EDN’s End Plastic Pollution campaign includes four major components:
1. Leading a grassroots movement to support the adoption of a global framework to regulate plastic pollution
2. Educating, mobilising and activating citizens across the globe to demand that governments and corporations control and clean up plastic pollution
3. Educating people worldwide to take personal responsibility for plastic pollution by choosing to reject, reduce, reuse and recycle plastics
4. Promoting local government regulatory and other efforts to tackle plastic pollution.