Today is the World Environment Day (05).
This year marks the 50th anniversary of World Environment Day, highlighting the pressing issue of plastic pollution. With the theme “Solutions to Plastic Pollution,” this milestone event aims to raise awareness and inspire action.
Over 430 million tonnes of plastic is produced annually, with less than 10 percent being recycled, according to the Geneva Environment Network
In 1972, the UN General Assembly designated 5 June as World Environment Day (WED). The first celebration, under the slogan “Only One Earth” took place in 1973.
This year, the Central Environment Authority, under the leadership of Chairman Supun H. Pathirage, has planned a series of programs aligned with the World Environment Day theme.
These initiatives aim to address plastic pollution by promoting responsible plastic usage, streamlining organizations involved in importing polythene and plastic into Sri Lanka and implementing a ban on four types of single-use plastics.
The main event will be held in Pettah, Colombo from morning until 2 pm, to educate and engage the public regarding this global movement.