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Celebrities tweet in support of #WorldEnvironmentDay

Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 3:47 PM - June 5 is World Environment Day, a United Nations initiative established in 1974 aimed at awareness and protection of our precious planet.

The global program is now celebrated in over 100 countries.

This year, celebrities are using their voices to help spread the word, challenging one another to reduce or eliminate their use of plastic resources.

If you'd like to get involved, visit the World Environment Day website for more information.


  • A study published in December 2014 by U.S. and U.K. researchers suggested there are more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic weighing nearly 269,000 tonnes currently swirling in the world's oceans. 
  • A study published in May 2014 a team of researchers discovered there could be trillions of pieces of microplastics lurking in Arctic ice. As the ice melts due to rising global temperatures, it could flood the ecosystem with an unprecedented amount debris. 
  • Plastics that are less than five millimeters in length are called "microplastics." Not much is known about their long-term environmental impact, but these tiny plastic particles can evade water filtration systems and end up in our lakes, posing a threat to aquatic life.
  • According to a paper published in November 2017 in Environmental Science and Technology, rivers deposit up to 4 million metric tonnes of plastic into the sea -- and about 95 per cent of that comes from just 10 waterways, eight of which are in Asia.
  • It's estimated that 1 billion tonnes of plastic have been discarded since the 1950s, and research suggests it will take up to 500 years for some forms to biodegrade.
  • According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, only 8% of the total plastic waste generated in 2010 in the U.S. actually made it to recycling plants.


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