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2018 World Environment Day[1] Photographer: Noel Celis / AFP / Getty
Description Plastic items float atop a garbage-filled creek in Manila, Philippines, on May 12, 2018.
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June 5 is marked by the United Nations as World Environment Day, a day set aside since 1974 to promote “worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment”. This year’s theme is “beat plastic pollution”.

In a message, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres urged all people to reject single-use plastic items, and warned that growing levels of plastic waste were becoming unmanageable, saying “every year, more than eight million tons end up in the oceans”.

Gathered here by theatlantic.com, a look at some of this plastic waste from the past year, accumulating in waterways, forests, and beaches across the globe, and some of the efforts to clean and recycle the mountains of material.

Via: theatlantic.com



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