First celebrated in the United States in 1970, the idea of commemorating such a day was propounded by Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. senator from Wisconsin. Biodiversity was in decline as a result of the heavy use of pesticides and other pollutants.
"It is a day of political action and civic participation". Plastic items are especially harmful to marine environments since they can take years to break-down once in the ecosystem.
To mark the day, people are set to march, sign petitions, meet with their elected officials, plant trees and clean up their towns and roads.
According to the Earth Day Network (EDN), the Earth Day has reached its 48th year and is celebrated every year on Arpil 22. Corporations and governments use it to make pledges and announce sustainability measures. However, now it is coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network. He is not the only person to lend his voice to the cause of Earth Day and plastic pollution.
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Since Earth Day began on 22 April 1970, the environmental movement has grown, spreading its concerns about the Earth's deterioration and its effect on our health and resources.
Earth Day went viral world-wide Twenty Years afterwards, setting in motion 200 million individuals throughout hundreds of nations and also placing environmental matters on the entire world stage.
As Earth Day organizers note, the alarming growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of not only our lovely Caribbean, but also our planet as we know it, with effects ranging from poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, and from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills in the constrained space of our islands.