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5th June 2018

“Beat Plastic Pollution”, the theme chosen by the United Nations for World Environment Day 2018, is a call to action from all corners of society and world to combat one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time. Plastics have many valuable uses, but everyone is required to consider how we can make changes to our daily lives to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution, particularly disposable plastic, on our natural places, our wildlife and our own health. The goal is to reverse the trend of 8 million tons of plastic entering our ocean every year.

Founded in 1972, the World Environment Day is the United Nations' most important occasion to foster global awareness and action for the protection of our environment.

The Department of Environmental Sciences and Policies (ESP) UNIMI and the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences and Policies (SEPA) participate in the global movement #BeatPlasticPollution, wanted by the UN, organizing the event: WHAT DO THE YOUNG GENERATIONS KNOW ABOUT PLASTICS?

Participation in the event is free and open. The proposed themes are presented by employing scientific-popular approach and language.

The initiative is mainly addressed to the next gen, which must learn to live together with this material. About 200 students from the last years of secondary school coming from selected institutes in Lombardy will take part in the event.

Focus will be made on the process of plastic (from production, to eco-design for the reduction / prevention of waste production, to reuse, to recycling). The environmental problems related to the end of the life of the plastics will be explained and as well as the risks to the environment and to the organisms, including humans.

A real process to plastic will then be staged: favourable and contrary parts to the use of plastic will debate "the plastic cause".

The UN hopes for a strong involvement of the Educating Community to inspire the new generations to be the heart of this important day.

The National Consortium for the collection, recycling and recovery of plastic packaging (COREPLA) will support the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policies in the celebration of the World Environment Day.

The Department ESP, with its interdisciplinary competences, is strongly qualified to propose an integrated approach to the environment addressed to problems of topical dramatic interest as that related to plastic, a subject recently presented to CARIPLO Foundation in form of the ambitious and innovative departmental research project CLEANuP.

The event will take place on 5 June 2018 from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm at Aula Pio XII of the University of Milan in Via Sant'Antonio 5.


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The annex: leaflet of the event "Plastic: who knows the 2000".

05 June 2018
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