Field Note #179 World Environment Day
World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nation's principle vehicle for encouraging awareness for the production of our environment. Wine To Water is celebrating today by promoting action against plastic waste production and pollution.
With this in mind, Roshani Karki, Kathmandu native and W|W's National Program Manager in Nepal, has an important message for all of us:
It's WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY today!!! This year's motto is "BEAT PLASTIC POLLUTION- if you can't reuse it, refuse it." Looking at the current status Kathmandu alone uses 4.7 to 4.8 million plastic bags daily. In Nepal, 16 percent of urban waste is comprised of plastic, which is 2.7 tons of daily plastic garbage production. And this is just Kathmandu. When you look at the global level the data is staggering. Researchers claim humans have produced 9.1 billion tons of plastic so far, and much of it ends up in nature—causing harm to both living beings and the environment. Besides the sheer quantity of plastic waste being produced, one of the major problems with plastic is its resistance to degradation. A conservative estimate puts the average time for one single plastic bag to completely biodegrade at 500 years. This means that not only most of the plastic we use during our lives will outlive us, but that our plastic footprint also will affect the generations to come.
Let's pledge together that from today we will use less plastic products or refuse to use them and make our environment pleasant and this world a happy place to live :). Giving back begins at home, and the Nepal office will be cleaning our office today with an effort to use less plastic. Please reuse the plastic bottles, plastic packaging, plastic bags, and everything else plastic to help make this world a better place.
We appreciate everything you all are doing everyday-- THANK YOU!