Plastic pollution is poisoning oceans: Mushahidullah

Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Mushahidullah Khan Saturday said plastic pollution is poisoning the oceans and land, injuring marine life, and affecting our health. In a message issued here on Earth Day which is observed on April 22 every year, he said our lives depend on biological diversity, species and ecosystems are disappearing at an unsustainable rate and we humans are responsible, said a press release issued here.
He said we stand to lose a wide variety of environmental goods and services that we take for granted. “The consequences for economies and people will be profound.”
He also highlighted that with present approach to development, we have caused the clearing of much of the original forest, drained half of the world’s wetlands, depleted three quarters of all fish stocks, and emitted enough heat-trapping gases to keep our planet warming for centuries to come.
As a result, we are increasingly risking the loss of the very foundation of our own survival. The variety of life on our planet gives us our food, clothes, fuel, medicine and much, much more.
He urged that Earth day is an opportunity to stress the importance of natural resources for human well-being, reflect on our achievements to safeguard it.
Earth Day 2018 is dedicated to providing the information and inspiration needed to fundamentally change human attitude and behavior about plastics. This year’s global theme is “End Plastic Pollution”.—APP

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