Plastic pollution is real.

Every year, millions of plastic materials end up in the ocean, polluting the marine ecosystem and killing over 100,000 marine animals.

That is why the African Development Bank, (AfDB) is drawing attention to the trend and calling for action against plastic pollution on the continent.

The bank made the call in a statement signed by its Communication Officer, Climate Change and Green Growth Department, Sonia Borrini on Sunday in Abuja.

The call is coming on the heels of the 2018 World Environment Day slated for June 5, with the theme: “Beat Plastic Pollution’’.

According to the bank, it aims to celebrate the World Environment Day (WED) 2018, and the World Ocean Day (WOD) by raising awareness of its own staff while engaging key partners.

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“Every year, 500 billion plastic bags are used around the world, 13 million tonnes of plastic leak into the ocean and 17 million barrels of oil are used on plastic production.

“About100,000 marine animals are killed by plastics and 83% of tap water are found to contain plastic particles. This is alarming and dangerous to the environment.

“In particular, it is impacting the ocean, which is the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe, major source of food and medicines and a critical part of the biosphere,” AfDB said.

AfDB said it would join the rest of the world to celebrate the “World Environment Day’’ on June 5, as well as the “World Ocean Day’’ on June 8, with focus on “Preventing Plastic Pollution and Encouraging Solutions for a Healthy Ocean.’’

According to the Bank, WED 2018, is a call to action for Africa to come together to combat plastic pollution.

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