World Environment Day

June 6, 2018

In order to give realization to the people about environmental pollution and issue of climate change United Nations designates every year June 5 as World Environment Day. On the day it is highlighted that how slowly and gradually human beings are treating environment so recklessly. Environment is one of the treasures of nature, but it is alarming that with the rapid pace we are endangering the environment.
Celebration of this day started in 1974 and since then the day has provided with a global platform for like-minded people to reach out to each other. Every year this day is celebrated with some particular theme, this year’s theme is ‘beat the plastic pollution’.
Curbing plastic usage is one of the major environmental challenges in today’s world. It is a challenge for the whole world to minimize use of plastic and maximize the recycling and reuse. While plastic has many uses, common man has become over reliant on single-use or disposable plastic. Nearly one third of the plastic packaging used escapes collection systems, which means that it ends up clogging the drains and polluting environment. The plastic that ends up in the oceans can circle the earth four times in a single year, and it can persist for up to 1,000 years before it fully disintegrates.
There are few countries in the world that have put complete ban on the usage of plastic bags, Rwanda is one such country. France passed a ‘Plastic Ban’ law in 2016 to fight the growing problem of plastic pollution in the world which states all plastic plates, cups, and utensils will be banned by 2020 and cutting the usage of plastic bags in the country by half by 2025. In China in 2008 the government came out with a law which made illegal for stores to give out plastic bags for free. In just two years usage of plastic bags dropped by a whopping 50%. Ireland also witnessed 94% reduction in plastic bag usage after country put ban on free plastic bags in 2002. Sweden is known as one of the world’s best recycling nations. They follow the policy of ‘No Plastic Ban, Instead More Plastic Recycling.’
According to report every Pakistani uses almost 262 plastic bags per year and every year demand is further increasing. There is dire need to reduce usage of plastic bags, plastic packaging, and plastic cutlery in order to eliminate plastic pollution that has become a major threat for our environment.
There is dire need to reduce usage of plastic bags, packaging and cutlery in order to eliminate plastic pollution.