Earth Day 2018 will put focus on plastics

Earth Day 2018 will put focus on plastics

On April 22, more than a billion people in 192 countries will celebrate the 48th annual Earth Day.

Earth Day serves as a platform for people to collaborate and discuss ways to improve our planet.

This year's theme, "Plastics," has emerged as a huge concern globally. The problem of plastic pollution is growing exponentially every year. We are producing more than 300 million tons of plastic, half of which is designed for single use, and each year, around 8 million tons of it ends up in oceans.

By 2050, it is expected that at the current rate, there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans. Plastic coagulates and spills onto islands in the oceans, which, in turn, affects nature and wildlife. Plastics are found in over half of the world's population of sea turtles and nearly all marine birds. Pollution prevention needs to be a focus, or it will begin to affect humans.

Holistic nurses are committed to preserving the environment and honoring our connection to the healing earth. We also consider the health of the ecosystem in relation to the health of those entrusted to our care.

This Earth Day, and in the future, we must be more aware of our use of plastics and be vigilant when we do use them, to recycle them. Recycling and other cleanup efforts are significant steps to reduce the spread of plastics in areas that endanger nature around the world.

LIBBY PASQUARIELLO

Central Illinois Chapter Leader

American Holistic Nurses Association

Decatur

Topics (1):Environment
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