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World Environment Day 2018

By Green Mom:

Today is World Environment Day, and this years theme is “beating plastic pollution.” Designed by the United Nations, this day is a campaign to encourage awareness and to inspire action to protect our environment. The annual event is meant to bring needed attention to environmental issues, from marine pollution to human overpopulation to global warming to wildlife endangerment and sustainability.

World Environment Day was founded in 1974. Each year, a different country hosts the official celebration that takes place to help highlight the theme and support the effort for action. This year, India is the host country. One hundred, forty-three countries will participate.

As I said, this years theme is plastic pollution: #beatplasticpollution and  “if you cant reuse it, refuse it.” Unfortunately, plastic pollution is one of the great environmental challenges of our time. We have become too reliant on single-use plastic products, and this comes with a price. Most of this plastic never gets recycled or is not recyclable. Almost 1/3 of the plastic packaging we use ends up in landfills, but lots too much — ends up on our city streets and polluting our natural environment.

 Every year, up to 13 million tons of plastic lands in our oceans. Did you know there are over 5 trillion plastic pieces, weighing over 250,000 tons, floating in our oceans and seas? This amount translates to 700 pieces of plastic for every human on earth. A new study has found that 17 billion pounds (8 million metric tons) of the stuff spews into the ocean every year from 192 countries with coastal access.

 The scary part is that plastic pollution also ends up in our drinking water; therefore, were exposed to plastic and chemical pollution in our bodies. Plastic is made from harmful, toxic chemicals that disrupt hormones and put our health at risk.

 Lets mark World Environmental Day as a beginning of change. This is how to start:

  • Bring your own shopping bags to the supermarket.
  • Pressure food suppliers to use non-plastic packaging.
  • Refuse plastic cutlery.
  • Pick up any plastic you see the next time you go for a walk on the beach.

 What else can we do to tackle this problem? Share your ideas on social media, using the hashtag #BeatPlasticPollution.

This a link to how my family has reduced and refused plastic.

Plastic is just one of the worst things created by humans. It is dangerous because its polluting our cities, oceans and waterways; and its contributing to health problems in humans and animals. Companies that produce plastic spend a great deal of money campaigning about its safety when the truth is far from that — and were not told about it. In the U.S. alone, plastic is the third largest industry. Its responsible for 400 billion dollars in shipments.

 We must remember that the plastic business is producing this volume of material because of consumer demand, so less demand will create less plastic. I challenge you all to reduce your use of plastic today for the health of the planet and marine life, as well as for the health of humans.

 

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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