This month, learn new ways to reduce plastic pollution.
Millions of people around the world are taking action against plastic pollution.
WHY? Air pollution, water pollution, greenhouse gases emissions, waste, toxic chemicals, health impacts, social inequities: single use plastics have devastating effects on people and ecosystems, all around the world. And it's getting worse.
"Around the world, one million plastic bottles are purchased every minute, while up to five trillion plastic bags are used worldwide every year. In total, half of all plastic produced is designed for single-use purposes – used just once and then thrown away.
Plastics including microplastics are now ubiquitous in our natural environment. They are becoming part of the Earth's fossil record and a marker of the Anthropocene, our current geological era. They have even given their name to a new marine microbial habitat called the "plastisphere"."
WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT?
1 - Join the Plastic Free July Challenge
Individual actions are a powerful way to signal businesses and local governments that we don't want single use plastics anymore.
If you don't know where to start or if you want to learn more, this simple calendar will be your guide!
2 - Use your skills for collective actions!
Beyond the changes that every individual can make every day, join a group of like minded people and make an impact in your office, your school, your church, your city.
In only 10 min, this TED talk by Dr Ayana Elizabeth Johnson will help you find your Climate Action! With a Venn diagram, think about what brings you joy, what needs to be done, and what you’re good at. Your action can be curbing plastic pollution, or it can be something totally different, you might be surprised!
Thank you for reading, and stay tuned for more climate solutions!