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2018 Mission is to end Plastic Pollution

From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet.

In response, Earth Day 2018 is dedicated to providing the information and inspiration needed to fundamentally change human attitude and behavior about plastics.

If you visit them Online you can choose how you want to be involved:

INDIVIDUAL

Learn

  • Download your Plastic Pollution Primer to learn more about this problem and act to help end plastic pollution!
  • A toolkit is available that includes information about plastic pollution, a Plastic Pollution Footprint Calculator, a tool to create your Personal Plastics Plan and to track your progress.

Act

  • Use the calculator to learn about your plastic consumption.
  • Create your Personal Plastic Plan and track your progress.
  • Share photos and stories about what you’re doing personally to End Plastics Pollution on Earth Day and all year round!
  • Tag your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts with #EarthDay2018, #EndPlasticPollution, #LessPlastic and #PlasticLess.
  • Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to receive updates and sign up to their newsletter.

Engage

• Get more information on how to organize events to end plastic pollution.
• Register your Earth Day Activity today, and “get on the map” to find other Earth Day activities in your area.
• Tell others about the End Plastic Pollution Campaign.

• Tag your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts with #EarthDay2018, #EndPlasticPollution, #LessPlastic and #PlasticLess.
• Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to receive updates.

ORGANIZATION

Learn & Educate

• Learn about organizing to End Plastic Pollution.
• Download your Plastic Pollution Primer and Action Toolkit to use it as a resource for your events, and use the organizing toolkits to get tips on how to put together your event or teach-in.

Engage

See paragraph above.

EDUCATOR

Colleges and Universities

Earth Day Network’s higher education campaign, MobilizeU, is an international movement of concerned and active students and administrators uniting around their common interest of environmental action in support of a sustainable future for all.

Primary and Secondary Schools

This year’s Climate Education Week Toolkit is a web-based, cross-disciplinary resource that includes a range of lesson plans and educational activities focused on the issue of plastic pollution. Climate Education Week begins Monday, April 16 and provides a week’s worth of activities leading up to Earth Day on Sunday, April 22.

A message from their president, Kathleen Rogers:

Close to 48 years ago, on April 22, 1970, millions of people took to the streets to protest the negative impacts of 150 years of industrial development.

In the US and around the world, smog was becoming deadly and evidence was growing that pollution led to developmental delays in children. Biodiversity was in decline as a result of the heavy use of pesticides and other pollutants.

The global ecological awareness was growing, and the US Congress and President Nixon responded quickly. 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.

Earth Day is now a global event each year, and we believe that more than one billion people in 192 countries now take part in what is the largest civic-focused day of action in the world.

It is a day of political action and civic participation. Peoplemarch, sign petitions, meet with their elected officials, plant trees,clean up their towns and roads. Corporations and governments use it to make pledges and announce sustainability measures. Faith leaders, including Pope Francis, connect Earth Day with protecting God’s greatest creations, humans, biodiversity and the planet that we all live on.

Earth Day Network (EDN), the organization that leads Earth Day worldwide, announced that Earth Day 2018 will focus on mobilizing the world to end plastic pollution, including creating support for a global effort to eliminate single-use plastics along with global regulation for the disposal of plastics.

EDN will educate millions of people about the health and other risks associated with the use and disposal of plastics, including pollution of our oceans, water and wildlife, and about the growing body of evidence that decomposing plastics are creating serious global problems.

From poisoning and injuring marine life and the ubiquitous presence of plastics in our food to disrupting human hormones and causing major life-threatening diseases and early puberty, the exponential growth of plastics is threatening our planet’s survival. EDN has built a multi-year campaign to End Plastic Pollution.

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.

EDN’s End Plastic Pollution campaign includes four major components:
• Leading a grassroots movement to support the adoption of a global framework to regulate plastic pollution;
• Educating, mobilizing and activating citizens across the globe to demand that governments and corporations control and clean up plastic pollution;
• Educating people worldwide to take personal responsibility for plastic pollution by choosing to reject, reduce, reuse and recycle plastics, and
• Promoting local government regulatory and other efforts to tackle plastic pollution.

Earth Day Network will leverage the platform of Earth Day and the growing interest in the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day in 2020 as a catalyst for global action.

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Local Earth Day Events:

Earth Day Celebration – Ormond Beach City Hall

THUR, April 19 @ 11 AM – 2 PM

Enjoy a picnic on the plaza with entertainment, Earth friendly giveaways, exhibits and displays.

St. Johns River Cleanup – Countywide

SAT, April 21 @ 8 AM – 11 AM

Join in the effort to remove trash and debris from the St. Johns River. Sign up @ Volusia.org/Cleanup

EDGEfest Resource Rodeo – Hawks Park, Edgewater

SAT, April 21 @ 11 AM – 3 PM

Connect with local resources as well as attend an Open House event at the DSC NSB-Edgewater Campus.

Earth Day Celebration – Riverwalk Park, Port Orange

SUN, April 22 @ 9 AM – 2 PM

Bring clean, recyclable plastic bottles to participate in exercise events plus vendors, demos and education.


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