Environmental problems keep accumulating and are left unresolved

According to environmentalists, one resident of Ukraine creates an average of 0.5 kg of garbage per day, that is, 182.5 kg per year.

Thus, almost 45 million Ukrainians leave behind more than 8 million tons of garbage.

We have 11 million landfills, occupying 260 thousand hectares, which is more than the size of Luxembourg!

The issue of the state of ecology in Ukraine and the introduction of environmentally friendly technologies in all spheres of society’s activities has been particularly acute for years.

Over the past years, there have been a lot of talks about the necessity to ensure environmental safety in Ukraine, but nothing has been really resolved at the level of state leadership. An obvious example of this is the approval by the Cabinet of Ministers of the National Strategy for Waste Management in Ukraine until 2030.

A year ago, the government adopted the declarative act, but the matter did not go any further – no one is in a hurry to define the National Plan, which provides for concrete actions and deadlines for the implementation of the Strategy.

We are observing one and the same tendency – environmental problems keep accumulating and are left unresolved. But officials either keep insisting there is no money for environmental reforms or simply postpone consideration of the problems.

Utility bills, minimum wages and pensions, corruption and war are the issues we hear about from TV screens, news portals on the Internet, newspapers, and radio sets all the time. It is true that these topics are vitally important for the Ukrainian people.

However, let’s not forget about something that is killing us imperceptibly and endangers the well-being and the existence of the generations to follow. Everything is in our hands and we must take a responsible attitude towards the future of our country and the world as a whole!

Olena Sotnyk
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