Earth Day 2018 is observed globally and more than more than 1 billion people in 192 countries take part in the largest secular day in the world. On this day, many schools and college plant trees, clean up their towns and cities and overall people march, sign petitions, clean up their nearest areas and spread awareness about protecting our planet. The planet Earth is made up of Humans and its biodiversity from marine life to greener forests to beautiful mountains and our oceans.

Sadly, now we are injuring our planet Earth with negative impacts of industrialization, use of plastic, littering our beaches and landscape, blocking our waste streams and landfills by throwing garbage in there and this garbage is mostly non-biodegradable.  The waste that goes into our oceans and rivers are mainly home waste and industrial waste which contains chemicals and harmful elements like plastic that ultimately result in pollution. Also when we burn our waste, due to harsh chemicals and non-biodegradable elements, the waste is turned into smog that results in global warming and is one of the main reasons for our glaciers melting, exotic animals getting extinct, pollution full air that we breath that results in various harmful diseases. So is our environment on the verge of extinction?

Yes, it is but we can still try to protect it only if we start taking action from now. This year on Earth Day, the theme of the secular day is plastic free Earth. When we go out to shop groceries or clothes or toys or vegetables, the shopkeeper gives our bought items in a plastic bag, which we throw it and that’s when the planet Earth is endangered. The use of plastics is resulting in disrupting human hormones, injuring marine life and early puberty.

Our goal for this year should be to end the use of plastic and promote fossil fuel based materials, 100 percent recycling of plastics and to bring out a change in human behavior regarding plastic.

Earth Day Network’s multi-year end plastic pollution campaign includes:

Leading a grassroots movement to support the adoption of a global framework to regulate plastic pollution;

Educating, mobilizing and activating citizens across the globe to demand that governments and corporations control and clean up plastic pollution;

Educating people worldwide to take personal responsibility for plastic pollution by choosing to reject, reduce, reuse and recycle plastics, and

Promoting local government regulatory and other efforts to tackle plastic pollution.

Let’s get together and work towards the end of plastic use to save our mother Earth.