The theme “Solutions for Plastic Pollution” is the theme of the World Environment Day for the 2023 edition. The #FightPlasticPollution campaign encourages citizen actions in this direction. It also wants to accelerate effective measures by governments and companies to fight this form of pollution and promote a circular economy. Watch the campaign video.
The appalling figures such as:
– 400 million tons of plastic produced annually, half of which is for single use
– Only 10% of this total is recycled annually
– 19 to 23 million tons end up in lakes, rivers and seas
confirm that this is one of the most serious threats to the planet.
Let’s recall that this 2023 edition is organized by Côte d’Ivoire in partnership with the Netherlands. Côte d’Ivoire is an African country that is showing leadership in the global campaign against plastic pollution. Since 2014, the use of plastic bags has been banned, while the country’s largest city, Abidjan, has become a magnet for start-ups dedicated to environmental protection.
World Environment Day was created at the Stockholm Conference in 1972. It is supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Its 50th anniversary was celebrated in 2022.