”Planet vs. Plastics” – A Message from Environmental Science Students on Earth Day

Marking Earth Day, students of environmental science, college of Environmental Sciences College, UoS,  conveyed a message through their seminar, shedding light on the pressing issue of plastic pollution. This annual event, observed globally on April 22nd, commemorates the accomplishments of the environmental movement and advocates for the preservation of Earth’s resources for the coming generations. Originating from the vision of peace activist John McConnell in 1969 and later endorsed by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, the inaugural Earth Day in 1970 mobilized a staggering 20 million individuals, marking it as the largest single-day protest in history and catalyzing significant legislative actions such as the Clean Air Act and the Endangered Species Act. Since then, Earth Day has evolved into a worldwide phenomenon, engaging citizens and activists in addressing critical environmental challenges like climate change and renewable energy. Spearheaded by the Earth Day Network, which unites numerous partners across almost 200 countries, Earth Day’s mission underscores the fundamental right to a healthy environment and advocates for education, policy reform, and activism. The 2024 theme, “Planet vs. Plastics,” highlights the ongoing struggle against plastic pollution. Ultimately, Earth Day serves not only as a celebration of our planet but also as a call to action to safeguard its future.