Remengesau declares April 16-22 as Earth Week
Palau has allocated an entire week packed with activities in support of the biggest environmental movement in the world, the Earth Day.
Palau President Tommy Remengesau, Jr., through proclamation no. 18-231, had officially declared April 16 to 22 as the Earth Week.
This year’s celebration of Earth Week is anchored on the theme, “Our Environment, Our Health: Working Together to End Plastic Pollution.”
The Earth Day this year is themed “End Plastic Pollution” to highlight plastic pollution, accumulation of plastic products as one of the major threats to world’s environment today.
Remengesau’s proclamation indicates that only 10 percent of the 300 million tons of plastic that are produced each year is properly recycled and reused while the rest ends up in landfills or as litters in the natural environment.
“Plastic pollution is also a source of dangerous chemicals that not only impacts our waters and marine life, but also the food chain and our overall health,” the proclamation reads.
This week has been dedicated to the observance of the Earth Week to “provide information and inspiration needed to fundamentally change human attitude and behavior about plastics.”
Remengesau, through the presidential proclamation, urged everyone to participate in the different activities launched for the observance of Earth Week.
Earth day is globally observed annually every April 22nd. ( Rhealyn C. Pojas/Reporter)