Environment Day: Plastic 85% of the waste on the beaches - They finish on our plate

Environment Day: Plastic 85% of the waste on the beaches - They finish on our plate

Critical environmental issues, challenges and threats come to the forefront of interest on the occasion of the World Environment Day, which has been established since 1972 by the United Nations.

For 2018, the day is devoted to tackling plastic pollution, at the same time as the European Commission launched a major anti-plastic campaign over the past few days.

"Defeat the plastic infection, if you can not use it again, say no to it"

This year's slogan, as reported on the official World Environment Day website, is "Beat the Plastic Pollution. If you can reuse it, refuse it ", meaning" Defeat the plastic infection, if you can not reuse it, say no to it. " The official website can find information about the actions that are dedicated to the day around the world and about the ways in which it can become part of the solution. 

Numbers indicate the problem. Every year, Europeans produce 25 million tonnes of plastic waste (European Commission data) and less than 30% of them are being recycled.

Throughout the world, plastic materials account for 85% of the beaches' waste . Plastic materials end up even on our plate, but also in our lungs; indeed, microplastics contained in the air, water and food have unknown effects on our health.

"The 2018 Environment Day finds the global community in a very critical phase of the climate change dialogue and the Paris Accord.

A demanding future for the planet, a debate that needs to be completed with a distinct and pioneering role for Europe. The battle for climate change, as well as the global effort for the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the goals for the global 2030 society, are not a statement of good intentions. They are a commitment to change the attitude of life for each of us. 
Changing production and consumption, standards and values of our lives, "says Energy and Environment Deputy Minister of Energy and Environment, Socrates Famelos, adding:" The World Environment Day for 2018 is dedicated to the fight against pollution by plastic (BeatPlasticPollution), in direct connection with the European strategy for the circular economy and plastics of Europe, Our country aims at a new productive and consumer model , whose integral elements are the cyclical economy and the prevention of waste generation. In addition, the plan for the Cyclical Economy as a national strategy is currently being consulted. 

We seek the use of secondary materials and waste as productive resources and useful raw materials, giving a sustainable dimension to the productive model.
We give absolute priority to recycling, with mandatory sorting at source. We have legislatively strengthened the institutional framework and the resources of recycling, we create modern projects and Green Points, we have reduced the consumption of the thin plastic bag. We are upgrading the role of municipalities and reducing municipal fees to the benefit of both municipalities and businesses, based on the performance of each municipality in recycling and sorting the source. "

The Deputy Minister for Energy and the Environment also refers to climate change, one of the issues most concerned by scientists, but also to other critical environmental issues. 

"As a country, we have introduced the Objectives for Sustainable Development and addressing and mitigating the effects of climate change at the heart of the country's development strategy. 

We are achieving GHG emission reduction targets for 2020, but we remain one of the countries with a high level of emissions in relation to GDP. The evolving energy planning assumes ambitious targets for 2030, while the country's new development plan is radically aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

We have endeavored and succeeded in creating a special European resource for Greece and creating the first European fund in Greece to strengthen today's local lignite-based societies and their fair and smooth transition to the new low-carbon economy. 

The environment is a serious development resource for Greece. We have completed our country's obligations to demarcate, manage and manage protected areas and species, highlighting their link with local produce, work and development.

We are preparing a forest strategy for the first time to design policies and measures to protect and exploit the valuable forest ecosystems of our country, based on their particular Mediterranean features. In the forestry strategy, we introduce high GDP production targets from the Greek forests, but also the return of labor to the Greek countryside.

We have continued the ratification and ratification of forest maps, having already ratified 31.4% of forest maps in Greek territory, with a delay of 42 years and significant postures evolving in 2018. We are committed to completing the ratification of forest maps by 2020, with support for agricultural activity and legislative settlement of residential densities on the basis of constitutional rules. 

With parallel initiatives in the cities, we assign free spaces in cooperation with self-government - spaces that are environmental lungs and public property.

We have an environmental policy plan that closes the period of environmental fines and delays in the institutional framework and infrastructure, and opens up a chapter of innovative interventions, highlighting the important role of the environment in our country.

Apart from plans and policies, the environment needs everyone and each of us - all citizens. And all of us, administration, self-government, services, institutions, movements, producers, scientists, new generation, share this shared vision and, on environmental criteria, do environmental action in our every choice. "

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