UNB, Dhaka : The European Union (EU) Delegation to Bangladesh on Wednesday organised a symbolic clean-up activity on a stretch of the Gulshan-Banani Lake in the city as part of EU's global campaign for clean, plastic-free beaches and oceans. This year, members of the Gulshan Society and Prokriti O Jibon Foundation alongside various representatives and Ambassadors from the EU Member State Embassies joined the activity which was led by European Union Ambassador Rensje Teerink. Participants collected plastic refuse in large jute sacs and worked to raise awareness of the importance around limiting the usage of single-use plastic products such as plastic bottles, containers, light weight plastic bags, packets etc that ultimately cause environmental pollution and damage. EU Ambassador Teerink said the amount of plastic litter in oceans and seas is growing rapidly and not only is it causing environmental pollution, plastics and micro-plastics have entered 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 combatting plastic pollution and marine litter in our daily lives," she said. Ambassador Teerink also thanked Gulshan Society for their participation in the programme 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 continue to pursue such noble actions." The Ambassador also said her sincere appreciation also goes to Prokriti O Jibon Foundation, which has over the years been working as a major player for the protection of environment and marine life in Bangladesh. "We thank the foundation for supporting us today." In the face of a global concern for plastic pollution, the European Union has taken a strong stance against use of plastic and has initiated various measures to discourage its use not just within the EU but also in its partner countries around the world, according to EU Embassy in Dhaka.
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