Egypt is marking on Thursday World Earth Day via posting online awareness messages, joining the theme of the international event that focuses on preserving the planet.
The Egyptian Ministry of Environment is sharing awareness posts via its social media platforms to urge people to restore the planet and reconcile with nature and biodiversity.
Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad said in a statement on Thursday that the event is an international recognition of the societal responsibility towards the preservation of nature, urging for a review of the wrong habits that affect the planet.
She called for rationalising food, water, and energy consumption as well as cultivating plants and trees, and depending on cycling or walking.
The minister also called for limiting the consumption of plastic in daily life amid detriments it causes to human health and the environment.
Many Egyptian initiatives have kicked off recently — joining international efforts — to urge policymakers to ban the use of single-use plastic bags in Egypt.
Single-use plastics include grocery bags, food packages, bottles, straws, containers, cups, and cutlery.
World Earth Day, which falls on 22 April every year, is the world's largest environmental movement.
The event was first launched in 1970 after 3 million gallons of oil spilled off the coast of California the year before.
Many events related to natural disasters have kicked off in parallel with the international occasion, including the Biden Administration’s global climate summit, which begins on Thursday at the White House.