Disposable plastics are the most used products on the planet. These are plastic items that are thrown away or recycled after being used only once. They include items like plastic straws, plastic bags, coffee stirrers, soda and water bottles and most food packaging.

Plastic pollution is the biggest threat facing our planet today. Globally, we are producing almost 300 million tons of plastic every year and half of those are single-use plastics. Only 10% of this is recyclable. The rest finds it way into our soil, rivers and finally the oceans entering our food chains. This causes various health hazards like cancer, infertility, birth defects and other sicknesses. Single-use plastics are non-biodegradable and wreak havoc on marine ecosystems where they can exist in our oceans for thousands of years.

In order to deal with this menace, the theme for this year’s United Nations World Environment Day is Beat Plastic Pollution. World Environment Day is celebrated on 5th of June every year. As part of the Don Bosco Green Alliance, we urge all our member institutions, organizations and individuals to celebrate this year’s World Environment Day by pledging to reduce and ultimately end our dependency on single-use plastics.

Keeping this goal in mind, we have come up with a few ideas and suggestions on what we as member organizations and as a part of the Don Bosco Family can do to promote this global campaign. Please go through these ideas and suggestions. Feel free to contact us anytime with your own individual ideas and we will be happy to share them with our Alliance members.

Before 5th June 2018 – Build Up to the World Environment Day

These are a few activities that can be done as a build-up to the World Environment Day-

1. Discuss and talk about the impact of plastic waste in your locality or area. Organise a visit to a local garbage dump or beach or playground or train station or a bus stand. Perform a careful survey of plastic waste in and around its vicinity with the help of your students or staff.

2. Find an organization that is working with plastic waste pollution and invite them to give a talk at your institution.

3. Take a picture of what are you or your institution is actively doing to reduce your dependency on single-use plastics. This can include a plastic reduction in your homes or institutions or completely banning the use of disposable plastics in your homes or institutions. Click a picture or even better, make a short video of less than 1 minute about your news lifestyle choices to reduce plastic.

4. Tag your friends or other institutions when you post your photos or videos and challenge them to do the same. Share these posts on social media and use the following hashtags - #donboscogreen, #WorldEnvironmentDay, #BeatPlasticPollution. Do not forget to mention @DonBoscoGreenAlliance and @unenvironment.

On 5th June 2018 – Events on World Environment Day

1. Choose an area to clean up – this could be your own institution, or an area nearby like a playground, a beach or a garden. Additionally, you can also team up with two or more institutions or organizations or parishes in your vicinity. Find out whether there is any event happening in your area by checking on this website - http://worldenvironmentday.global/en/get-involved/find-cleanup

2. If there are no events in your locality, then register your event on the World Environment Day website here- http://worldenvironmentday.global/en/register-event

3. Invite your institution's members and the general public to be part of your event. Publicise your event on your institution's website or in your church or schools. Send out invites to local politicians, journalists. Assign one person as an event organizer and another as a social media manager who will publicise your event.

4. Click pictures and videos of your event and share it on social media pages of the Don Bosco Green Alliance and the UN Environment Pages. Use the hashtags mentioned above.

Finally, for more information on how you can align your event with this global campaign visit the UN World Environment Day website.

Feel free to contact us at alliance@dbgreen.in or convener@dbgreen.in for any queries or information.

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