World Environment Day: Sahara Group advocates Plastic waste recycling
By Ikenna Omeje
African energy giant, Sahara Group, has thrown its weight on plastic waste recycling as part of measures to protect the environment from degradation.
Commemorating this year’s World Environment Day, with the theme, ”Biodiversity”, the company stated that recycling is simple and requires minimal effort and time, noting that it has a huge impact on the environment.
According to the Company, studies indicate that deforestation and landfills account for an estimated 25 percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions annually. It said that as part of its efforts to protect the environment, recycling is actively encouraged and supported in its offices to promote a circular economy and environmental sustainability, adding that the recycled waste collected is converted into fibre, tissue paper and PET pellets for continued use.
“As Sahara’s part of effort towards protecting the environment and biodiversity in our waters, we encourage recycling of plastic waste in a sustainable fashion. Recycling is simple and requires minimal effort and time, yet it has a huge impact on the environment. Studies indicate that deforestation and landfills account for an estimated 25% of the global greenhouse gas emissions annually.
“In an effort to protect the environment, recycling is actively encouraged and supported in our offices to promote a circular economy and environmental sustainability. The recycled waste collected is converted into fibre, tissue paper and PET pellets for continued use.
“While the main purpose of the Day is to highlight the impact of human actions on the oceans, Sahara Group remains committed to being an active participant in the multi-stakeholder mix challenged with tackling the menace of climate change and creating new and innovative partnerships with a focus on the protection of our oceans and the environment at large,” the company said.
Oceans cover over 70 percent of the globe. The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) says an estimated 50-80 percent of all life on earth is found under the ocean’s surface.
According to a 2020 UN report, oceans serve as the world’s largest source of protein, with more than 3 billion people depending on the oceans as their primary source.
“The foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes our planet habitable all come from nature. For instance, each year, marine plants produce more than a half of our atmosphere’s oxygen, and a mature tree cleans our air, absorbing 22 kilos of carbon dioxide, releasing oxygen in exchange. Despite all the benefits that our nature gives us, we still mistreat it. That is why we need to work on that. That is why we need this Observance,” UN said while remarking this year’s celebration.
World Environment Day is the most renowned day for environmental action. Since 1974, it has been celebrated every year on 5 June: engaging governments, businesses, celebrities and citizens to focus their efforts on a pressing environmental issue. This year’s celebration was hosted by Colombia with the theme “Biodiversity”.
UN said, “it is a concern that is both urgent and existential. Recent events, from bushfires in Brazil, the United States, and Australia to locust infestations across East Africa – and now, a global disease pandemic – demonstrate the interdependence of humans and the webs of life, in which they exist.”