ANT and AHTA partner for Earth Day campaign

ANGUILLA–The Anguilla National Trust (ANT) and the Anguilla Hotel and Tourism Association (AHTA) have partnered for Earth Day that will focus this year on plastic pollution. The campaign is being launched on Earth Day, April 22, and is aimed at raising awareness of the impact of plastic pollution on health and the environment as well as taking action that will lead to the reduction of plastic pollution.

The ANT and the AHTA have joined forces to lobby and support government regulatory efforts that aim to tackle plastic pollution; and to enable recycling opportunities. They will also work together to raise awareness about the impacts of plastic pollution and the need for a change of behaviour.

A release from the organisations notes the recent reports in the media of plastic pollution in the oceans. It also states that although some plastic and marine debris is from fishing gear, offshore oil and gas platforms and ships, 80 per cent of it comes from the land. The garbage can travel thousands of miles by ocean currents and takes decades to hundreds or thousands of years to decompose.

In Anguilla all waste generated on the island either stays on the island or gets washed into the ocean when littered on the beaches or close to the coastline. Reducing the amount of garbage, especially unnecessary waste and single-use plastic, is essential. The ANT and AHTA are looking forward to working with the Government to create permanent solutions to the plastics problem.

Source: The Daily Herald