World Environment Day is an annual event celebrated on June 5th to raise awareness and encourage global action towards environmental protection.
Each year, a specific theme is chosen to address pressing environmental issues. For World Environment Day 2023, the focus will be on solutions to plastic pollution under the campaign #BeatPlasticPollution.
Hosted by Côte d’Ivoire in partnership with the Netherlands, the day serves as a catalyst for change in the fight against plastic pollution.
Côte d’Ivoire implemented a ban on plastic bags in 2014 and actively encourages the adoption of reusable packaging.
The country’s largest city, Abidjan, has emerged as a hub for innovative and environmentally conscious start-ups, demonstrating its commitment to combating plastic pollution.
The Dutch government recognises the need for urgent action to address the detrimental impacts of plastic pollution on health, the economy, and the environment. By advocating for true and robust solutions, the Netherlands aims to reduce the production and consumption of single-use plastics, championing durable and sustainable alternatives.
The Theme for World Environment Day 2023
The theme of #BeatPlasticPollution for World Environment Day 2023 underscores the need for immediate and collective action.
With over 400 million tonnes of plastic produced annually, half of which is designed for single-use purposes, we are faced with an urgent need to address this issue.
Sadly, less than 10 percent of plastic is recycled, leading to an estimated 19-23 million tonnes ending up in our lakes, rivers, and seas.
Plastic waste not only overwhelms our landfills but also finds its way into our oceans, endangering marine life and ecosystems.
Microplastics have infiltrated the food we consume, the water we drink, and even the air we breathe, raising concerns about potential health risks. It is evident that plastic pollution has become one of the gravest challenges we face today.
Taking Action on World Environment Day 2023
World Environment Day 2023 calls for practical actions that contribute to a sustainable future. Together, we can make a difference by taking individual and collective steps towards combating plastic pollution.
Here are some ways you can participate and join the global movement:
- Reduce Single-Use Plastics
One of the most effective ways to combat plastic pollution is by reducing the consumption of single-use plastics. Opt for reusable alternatives such as stainless-steel water bottles, cloth shopping bags, and bamboo utensils. By making small changes in our daily lives, we can significantly reduce the amount of plastic waste generated.
- Support Sustainable Packaging
Encourage businesses and industries to adopt sustainable packaging practices. Choose products that utilise eco-friendly materials and packaging designs that prioritise recyclability and minimise waste. By supporting companies committed to sustainable packaging, we can create a demand for responsible practices throughout the supply chain.
- Engage in Recycling Programs
Take an active role in recycling by participating in local recycling programs. Educate yourself on the proper recycling practices in your area and ensure that you correctly sort and dispose of recyclable materials. By diverting waste from landfills through recycling, we can minimise the environmental impact of plastic pollution.
- Organise Community Clean-up Drives
Initiate or participate in community clean-up drives to remove plastic waste from public spaces, parks, and water bodies. Collaborate with local organisations, schools, and volunteers to organise regular clean-up events that raise awareness about plastic pollution and promote responsible waste management.
- Advocate for Policy Changes
Support organisations and initiatives that advocate for stricter regulations on plastic production, use, and disposal. Engage with policymakers and elected
officials to urge them to implement effective policies and incentives that promote sustainable alternatives to plastic. By using our voices collectively, we can drive meaningful change at a systemic level.
- Educate and Raise Awareness
Spread awareness about the impact of plastic pollution by educating others. Share information through social media, organise awareness campaigns, and host workshops or presentations in schools, universities, and community centers. By empowering individuals with knowledge, we can inspire more people to act and make sustainable choices.
- Foster Collaboration
Collaborate with local communities, businesses, and organisations to develop innovative solutions to plastic pollution. By fostering partnerships and sharing resources, we can create a collective impact that transcends individual efforts. Together, we can leverage our strengths and expertise to address the multifaceted challenges posed by plastic pollution.
Work with us for a sustainable future
World Environment Day 2023 presents a crucial opportunity to tackle plastic pollution and work towards a more sustainable future.
For information on how we can assist you to become part of the solution on climate change, contact us.