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Environmentalists Call for End to Plastic Pollution on World Earth Day

The Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), an ecology-focused Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has urged for a significant reduction in plastic usage to combat environmental degradation and safeguard the planet.

Executive Director of HOMEF Dr. Nnimmo Bassey in a statement commemorating this years World Earth Day highlighted the pressing need to address the proliferation of single-use plastics, which he says posed a grave threat to the health of the Earth and its ecosystems.

He emphasized the urgency of banning the production and use of single-use plastics to mitigate their harmful impacts on the environment.

Bassey said research indicates that a staggering 380 million tonnes of plastic are produced annually, with only nine percent being recycled.

“Now is a critical time to choose between planet and plastic. Good sense tells us to choose the planet, our Mother Earth that sustains all lives.

“Poor sense driven by profit urges humans to choose plastics because of

the ease they bring, despite the harmful impacts on our health, climate, and overall health of the planet.

“As we mark World Earth Day 2024, the alarm must be sounded that it is

time to uproot plastics from their fossil base or be ready to be turned

into plastic humans living plastic lives and heading to an inferno plastic future.

“At HOMEF, we are all for the planet, people, and all life forms,” Bassey said.

In response, HOMEF supports global campaigns advocating for a 60 percent reduction in plastic usage by 2040.

As part of its commitment to environmental sustainability Bassey said HOMEF underscores the importance of embracing alternatives that are sustainable and safe for the planet.

He revealed The Planet vs Plastics campaign aims to mobilize action to address plastic pollution and protect the health of all living beings.



By Dare Akogun



Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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