Today people all around the globe will come together to celebrate the Earth Day – according to the United Nations, International Mother Earth Day is celebrated to remind each of us that the Earth and its ecosystems provide us with life and sustenance. This Day also recognizes a collective responsibility, as called for in the 1992 Rio Declaration, to promote harmony with nature and the Earth to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations of humanity.
This year is dedicated to increase awareness about the pollution caused by plastic and the need to end its massive use. About 70 percent of the earth’s surface is covered by water. But today, in every square kilometer of the sea, hundreds of thousands of pieces of plastic waste are floating. Seabirds torture painfully with mobile phone parts in their stomach, turtles hold plastic bags for jellyfish and fish confuse tiny plastic particles with plankton.
Therefore, not only today, but every day we should try to use more environmentally friendly alternatives to stop burdening our home planet with plastic waste.