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Go Green on World Environment Day

Go Green on World Environment Day

Let’s get involved in this World Environment Day.

World Environment Day was established by the United Nations in 1974 and has since grown to become a global platform for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our surroundings.  The theme for this year’s World Environment Day is “Beat Plastic Pollution,” which invites us all to consider how we can make changes in our everyday lives to reduce the burden of plastic pollution and waste that we dispose of on our planet.  This World Environment Day, let’s all do our part to cut down on the amount of plastic waste that we produce.

  • Avoid Single-Use Plastic

Single-use plastic, also known as disposable plastics, are plastic products that are only used once before they are discarded.  Things such as plastic bags, straws, coffee stirrers, disposable water bottles, and food packaging are some of the most common household single-use plastics.  To reduce the amount of plastic waste we add to the environment, we should all take steps to avoid using single-use plastic items.  For instance, carrying reusable grocery bags, forgoing plastic straws and stirrers at restaurants, and purchasing foods with minimal plastic packaging are some of the small changes that we can make to reduce our use of disposable plastics.

  • Organize Community Clean-Ups

Nearly one-third of the plastic packaging we use escapes collection systems.  This leaves plastic waste to litter city streets and pollutes our natural environment.  For instance, every year approximately 13 million tons of plastic waste leak into our oceans where it smothers coral reefs, threatens marine wildlife, and slowly poisons the water.  To help mitigate this issue, we should be encouraged to organize community clean-ups to collect harmful plastic litter before it has a chance to enter our oceans.  Additionally, we can encourage our local authorities to improve how they are managing our communities’ waste.

As cited in March of this year by Scientific Reports, there is a “floating” island of trash dubbed the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP) that now stretches 600,000 square miles!

It’s more than twice the size of Texas (three times the size of France), and it’s growing every day.

We at  The Maria Sanchez Show hope you will join us as we go green this World Environment Day.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.  Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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