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Earth Day Events 2018: Supports PLASTICS WARS

Apr 09, 2018 11:49AM

Earth Day, on April 22, will serve again as a galvanizing force on ways to save our planet. With the theme of End Plastic Pollution, the Earth Day Network (EDN) is setting a specific focus this year on the importance of reducing the use of plastics and finding more Earth-friendly alternatives (EarthDay.org).

The nonprofit notes that of the approximately 300 million tons of plastic annually produced to make bags, bottles, packages and other commodities worldwide, only about 10 percent is successfully recycled and reused. The rest ends up in landfills or as litter, leaching dangerous chemicals into soil and water, endangering humans and wildlife alike.

EDN asks everyone to pledge to switch to sustainable alternatives, subscribe to its newsletter, spread the word via social media, educate and mobilize citizens to demand action, and donate to support the adoption of a global framework to regulate plastic pollution that will engage individuals, companies and governments worldwide.

Further, EDN is extending people’s ability to take personal responsibility by self-rating and guiding their involvement via practical toolkits. “People can create and follow a plan to reduce their plastic footprint and also share that data to help others via the Billion Acts of Green online campaign,” says Valeria Merino, vice president of Global Earth Day, adding that participants will be able to create an ongoing record and track their commitments. The initiative is also providing materials, tips on organizing cleanup events and social media tie-ins.

Help Northwest Florida celebrate and forward progress in sustainability efforts by participating in these local Earth Day 2018 events.  

Earth Day Bay County 

April 21, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

McKenzie Park, Panama City 

EarthDayBayCounty.com

 

Earth Day Fort Walton Beach

April 28, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Liza Jackson Park, Fort Walton Beach

EarthDayFWB.com​

 

Earth Day Pensacola

April 21, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Bayview Park, Pensacola

EarthDayPensacola.org

 

 
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