This year Earth Day’s emphasis will be ending plastic pollution. Earth Day Network, the organization behind World Earth Day, is leading a push for the elimination of single use plastics and uniform regulation of plastic disposal. EDN hopes to achieve its goal by educating the world about the dangers associated with plastic use and disposal.
EDN’s campaign to End Plastic Pollution is multi-year and aims to promote 100 percent recycling of plastics and change individual, corporate and government accountability and behavior related to the use of plastics. Kathleen Rogers, President of EDN, hopes to turn growing interest into a permanent solution to plastics pollution. EDN seeks to create a world of educated consumers by mobilizing its global network of NGOs, grassroots organizations, local elected leaders, faith leaders, artists and athletes.
EDN’s End Plastic Pollution campaign has four major components:
1. Leading a grassroots movement to support the adoption of a global framework to regulate plastic pollution;
2. Educating, mobilizing and activating citizens across the globe to demand that governments and corporations control and clean up plastic pollution;
3. Educating people worldwide to take personal responsibility for plastic pollution by choosing to reject, reduce, reuse and recycle plastics;
4. 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.