World Environment Day 2018 – 5 June 2018

World Environment Day is the UN’s most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.

The Theme

Each World Environment Day is organised around a theme that focuses attention on a particularly pressing environmental concern. The theme for 2018 is beating plastic pollution. This theme invites us all to consider how we can make changes in our everyday lives to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on our natural places, our wildlife – and our own health.

While plastic has many valuable uses, we have become over reliant on single-use or disposable plastic – with severe environmental consequences. This World Environment Day we’ll be engaging partners from all corners of society and the world to join us in raising awareness and inspiring action to form the global movement needed to beat plastic pollution for good.

Global Plastic Pollution by the Numbers:

  • 500 billion plastic bags used each year
  • 13 million tonnes of plastic leak into the ocean each year
  • 17 million barrels of oil used on plastic production each year
  • 1 million plastic bottles bought every minute
  • 100,000 marine animals killed by plastics each year
  • 100 years for plastic to degrade in the environment
  • 90% of bottled water found to contain plastic particles
  • 83% of tap water found to contain plastic particles
  • 50% of consumer plastics are single use
  • 10% of all human-generated waste is plastic

The Host

Every World Environment Day has a different global host country, where the official celebrations take place. The focus on the host country helps highlight the environmental challenges it faces, and supports the effort to address them. This year’s host is India.

As hosts to this year’s World Environment Day, Indian communities large and small will lead a global charge to beat plastic pollution through civic engagement and celebration. With support from an inspiring cross section of Indian society, ranging from cricket pitches to board rooms, we’re witnessing an unprecedented national commitment to this global cause, with the promise to make this the largest and most consequential World Environment Day ever.

Soroptimist Clubs are a Platform for Action

World Environment Day is the UN’s most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment and the theme for 2018 is beating plastic pollution.

Soroptimists support local beach and waterway cleanups, and support organizations that are working on source reduction, or stopping the flow of plastic into our waterways, oceans, and environment.

Soroptimist clubs can to help continue our global and national campaigns aimed to raise awareness and social change by activating millions of people to rethink plastic. To take on to declare “Plastic Free” month to encourage participants to “Choose to Refuse” plastic packaging and reduce single use disposable plastics, reuse plastics where possible, and recycle what cannot be reused.

Proper waste management, behavior change, and designing products so that plastic does not end up as waste are all essential steps for solving plastic pollution.

SI Dunfermline organized recycling print cartridges.

Si Madurai along with the local government launched a programme for source segregation of waste in the community and propagated the reduction in use of plastic. Here Mr Vasudevan the plastic man used technology to use plastic waste to lay around 5,000 kilometers of the road across 11 states in India

As Soroptimists what can you do?

If you can’t Reuse it, REFUSE IT and RETHINK PLASTICS

  • Refuse disposable plastic
  • Bring your own Coffee Mug
  • Refuse single serving packaging
  • Choose reusable lunch bags
  • Find innovative ways to replace single- use plastic in your everyday life
  • Refuse plastic straws.
  • Improve waste collection, sorting and reprocessing
  • Scale up the adoption of reusable plastic packaging

BREAK UP WITH Disposable Plastic and Beat Plastic Pollution

Naina Shah
APD Environmental Sustainability

Get Involved

Find out more on the World Environment Day website