John McConnell, a peace activist, first proposed the idea of a day dedicated to earth in 1969, when he was present at the UNESCO conference in San Francisco, and the first Earth day was celebrated on March 21, 1970, which indicated the spring in the first hemisphere. Biodiversity was in decline as a result of the heavy use of pesticides and other pollutants. In July of the same year, they created the Environmental Protection Agency, and robust environmental laws such as the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act, among many.
"It is a day of political action and civic participation". Let's encourage our governments, our hotels and tourism businesses to be leaders in keeping plastics out of our seas, and also engage with the cruise and airline industries to eliminate plastic waste.
According to the Earth Day Network (EDN), the Earth Day has reached its 48th year and is celebrated every year on Arpil 22. Besides introducing bio-degradable bags, it is also for the people to avoid use of the plastic bags which also poses serious threat to their health. Plastic waste is one of the major pollutants that is causing pollution and also endangering marine life, wildlife, and humans.More news: Nishikori fights back to beat Zverev and set up final against Nadal
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To be successful, we need a Caribbean strategy that can fit into the Earth Day Network's global framework to regulate such pollution, in particular in our tourism and hospitality sectors. Our goals include ending single-use plastics, promoting alternatives to fossil fuel-based materials, promoting 100 percent recycling of plastics, corporate and government accountability and changing human behavior concerning plastics.
Today is Earth Day and this year's campaign is aimed at helping to end plastic pollution in our oceans and land.
Together, we can exhort universities, schools, school teachers and students to end plastic pollution throughout our islands.