Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu on Monday told Filipinos to be stewards of marine life and cut down the use of plastics that end up in the ocean and pose threat to marine life.
He said plastic pollution is one of the greatest threats to ocean health worldwide with estimated eight million tons of plastic waste finding their way into the oceans.
“The task of reversing this issue is as big and wide as the ocean, but small actions can make a huge difference,” he said.
The environment chief appealed to the public to join the rest of the world in celebrating the World Wildlife Day 2019 with the theme “Life below water: for people and planet.”
According to Ocean Conservancy, eight million tons of plastic enter the ocean each year on top of the 150 million tons of plastic that already circulate in the ocean, contributing to loss of species and contamination of food chain.