Sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik's new masterpiece commemorates Earth Day 2018

Sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik's new masterpiece commemorates Earth Day 2018

Faith leaders, including Pope Francis, connect Earth Day with protecting God's greatest creations, humans, biodiversity and the planet that we all live on.

Today marks the 48th anniversary of Earth Day celebrated across the globe.

"Nigerians are urged to use the weekend to celebrate the planet and to take action to protect it by ending plastic pollution". Talking about attempts to end plastic pollution on Earth Day, sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik is using his remarkable talent to spread the important message.

In order to address plastic pollution in the oceans and along shorelines, Senator Whitehouse has also passed a bipartisan bill to clean up marine debris called the Save Our Seas Act in the Senate last summer.

According to him, government is exploring the possibility of banning plastic bags with availability of alternatives.

Mushahidullah said that we stand to lose a wide variety of environmental goods and services that we take for granted. Ocean Wise says that more than eight million tonnes of plastic enters our oceans every year.

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We recently saw the "plasticberg" of garbage that drifted into parts of our pristine Caribbean Sea, underscoring the plastic pollution that already spoils some of our beaches.

Earth Day 2018 is focused on plastic pollution, with many restaurants and bars in the Mother City pledging to go plastic free in solidarity.

Mr Jibril said that the Federal Ministry of Environment in collaboration with critical stakeholders had developed a national strategy for the phase-out of non-biodegradable plastics.

They said the move would not only inform the public of the harm posed by plastic waste, but also help to contribute towards finding a lasting solution to the problem. So, it is even more urgent that we come together in a smart partnership with all sectors and communities to clean out the plastic pollution and ensure clean and pristine waters dominate the million square miles that comprise the Caribbean.

"Two plants have been completed in Ilorin and in Lokoja, while work on another is ongoing in Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State".

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