Tuesday, June 5 is World Environment Day, the United Nations’ recognized day to encourage global awareness and action to protect the environment.
This year, the theme of World Environment Day is beating plastic pollution. Similar to the 2018 Earth Day theme of ending plastic pollution (read NACCHO’s Earth Day blog post on plastic straws here), the theme of beating plastic pollution speaks to the role of plastic, particularly single-use plastic, in the worldwide pollution epidemic.
The World Environment Day website hosts several resources to help local organizations, governments, schools, business, and communities reduce their plastic consumption. While these resources are geared toward the day itself, they are useful throughout the year to engage communities in beating plastic pollution.