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Published April 1st 2018
Find an Earth Day event to attend and learn about plastics
Earth Day is an international movement where sustainability is celebrated. This year, the Earth Day Network is working to enable a future free of plastic pollution, and a large part of this means the plastic shopping bags we are mostly guilty of using.
Some of the tragedies that can arise from plastic is the poisoning and injuring of our marine life, right through to disrupting human hormones; from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills. So much so, that the growth of these plastics are now a threat to the survival of our world.
Because of this, Earth Day 2018 will focus on changing ideas and behaviour about plastics and rallying for a significant reduction in plastic pollution.
Facts about plastic Apparently, there are about 300 million tons of plastic sold each year and of that figure, about 90% is thrown away. Most of this plastic ends up in our landfills, oceans, our wildlife and indeed in our own bodies.
When plastic does break down in our environment, it is able to imitate human hormones and is linked to everything from breast cancer to early puberty, according to studies undertaken.
Added to this, our corporations are making billions of dollars selling their products in disposal plastic containers but have not given thought to the hundreds of millions of plastic containers and bags that "move through our global economy every single day".
We, the public are also at fault, as we have alternatives at least at the supermarkets, and have had for some years now. Some of the things we can do to alleviate this huge problem are:
Bring your own bag to the supermarket & pharmacy
Don't use plastic bags or plastic wrap - instead use airtight containers
Recycle all recyclable plastic
For this day, there will be events staged all around the world and some of these functions in Perth are:
1. Earth Day Expo
Earth Day Expo is an all-day event for primary aged children and this one is held at the Canning River Eco Education Centre and Edith Cowan University, Joondalup in early April, even though the official date is not early April.
There will be hands-on workshops which will explain to groups of children how to promote sustainable living.
2. Earth Day Craft Afternoon - School Holiday Activity
This event will be held on 19th April, 2018 at The Grove Library, 1 Leake Street, Peppermint Grove, from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm.
The whole of April is Earth Month at The Grove Library and this is the time to celebrate and appreciate all we have on this earth. Children can join in for a fun afternoon of crafts, with the theme being our earth and how precious it is.
For more information, you can contact the Library on (08) 9286 8686, and this is for ages 5 to 10 years, and bookings are required.
3. Planet Earth II - Live in Concert
BBC Worldwide Australia and New Zealand together with TEG Live are bringing Planet Earth II Live in Concert to Perth Arena on 27th April, 2018.
The show will be narrated live by Australian actor Eric Bana, and features "breath-taking footage from the acclaimed BBC Earth series", shown on a giant screen with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra performing the incredible music live with conductor Vanessa Scammell.
It was originally presented, of course, by Sir David Attenborough, and took three years to film and it allows audiences to see nature from a completely different angle.
Planet Earth II Live in Concert will give you close up shots of animals in the steamy jungles of Madagascar, you will be alongside fierce lions in Namibia, and explore the oceans of the Antarctic.
This is a show not to be missed and the enhancement of the WA Symphony Orchestra will make this an outstanding evening for all.