World Wide Fund (WWF) will mark Earth Hour 2018, which will fall on 24 March in Singapore with a series of events around the island that will shine the spotlight on plastic wastage.
According to WWF, 3 million plastic bags and bottles are sold every 60 seconds around the world, while in Singapore, a person uses 13 plastic bags a day, amounting to 27 billion plastic bags every year.
This volume of plastic usage, as well as the use of fossil fuels to manufacture plastics, has a significant impact ocean health and biodiversity, and by 2050, WWF predicts there will more plastic in the ocean than fish.
“A mindset overhaul on plastics is due in Singapore. Plastics can be a resource, but a staggering amount is used and produced today,” said Elaine Tan, chief executive officer of WWF Singapore.
“Having individuals understand the issue and more importantly, take action to reduce their plastic use, is key to a lasting solution. Earth Hour aims to drive this change right here in Singapore.”
Aside from being encouraged to attend various exhibitions at i Light Marina Bay, Singaporeans are also asked to support the Earth Hour movement by tagging #uselessplastic on their social media posts, which shows them reducing plastic use, and refusing unnecessary plastics such as straws, bags and stirrers from merchants.