Participants not only collected plastic refuse in large jute sacks, but also helped raise awareness of the importance around limiting the usage of single-use plastic products.
A delegation of the European Union (EU) to Bangladesh has launched a campaign to clean the Gulshan-Banani Lake in Dhaka.
The program was organized under the auspices of the European Union's global campaign for clean, plastic-free beaches and oceans, on Tuesday.
European Union Ambassador H.E. Ms Rensje Teerink led the campaign along with the members of the Gulshan Society and Prokriti O Jibon Foundation and various representatives and ambassadors from the EU Member State Embassies.
Participants not only collected plastic refuse in large jute sacks, but also helped raise awareness of the importance around limiting the usage of single-use plastic products such as plastic bottles, containers, lightweight plastic bags, packets etc.that ultimately cause environmental pollution and damage.
Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Teerink said: "The amount of plastic litter in our oceans and seas is growing rapidly and not only is it causing environmental pollution, plastics and microplastics have entered our ecosystems and therefore our food and water, with an unknown health impacts. Through this symbolic lake cleaning action, I hope we succeed in conveying an important message of the individual role in combating plastic pollution and marine litter in our daily lives".
Ambassador Teerink also thanked the Gulshan Society for their participation in the program and for their tireless efforts in keeping the lake clean: "I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Gulshan Society for taking the initiative of maintaining a pleasant environment around the lake and discouraging the use of plastic. I hope they will continue to pursue such noble actions."
The Ambassador also said, "My sincere appreciation also goes to Prokriti O Jibon Foundation, which has over the years been working as a major player for the protection of the environment and marine life in Bangladesh. We thank the foundation for supporting us in this campaign."
In the face of a global concern for plastic pollution, the EU has taken a strong stance against the use of plastic and has initiated various measures to discourage its use not just within the European Union but also in its partner countries around the world.