The U.N. encouraged families across the world to increase children's awareness of plastic pollution with five fun activities as many practice social distancing during the global coronavirus pandemic.
As many countries closed down schools to hinder the spread of the virus, the U.N. on Monday called for people to raise awareness by teaching their children about plastic pollution, with global plastic production estimated to reach 1 billion tons annually by 2050.
Warning that 8 million tons of plastic waste entered the oceans every year, the statement said: "There are many more ways that you can teach children at home about plastic pollution and its impacts."
It recommended making a musical instrument out of plastic garbage, sorting contents in cupboards by the materials they are made of, having a plastic-free spa day, making a boat out of plastic waste and putting on a fashion show of clothes made out of garbage as five "exciting activities" that can be done with children.
Plastic pollution continues to pose a serious risk to human and environmental health as it causes the death of hundreds of thousands of marine species while threatening human health due to toxins that enter the food chain from the plastics.
The new coronavirus first emerged in Wuhan, China last December and has spread to at least 168 countries and territories. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak a pandemic.
There are more than 382,000 confirmed cases worldwide and the death toll now tops 16,000, while over 101,000 people have recovered, according to U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.
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