Ngozi V Okolo, Evelyn Ijeoma Orji and Benjamin Anabaraonye
The demand for plastic products is on the rise with increasing demand in different sectors of human society. This amounts to the generation of plastic waste globally at an alarming rate thereby leading to plastic pollution. This study identified that plastic pollution is one of the challenges plaguing the universe status quo with more than estimated eighty million tons of plastic-related wastes being released into the sea annually. Plastic pollution affects the health, socio-economic, and agricultural sectors in Nigeria in a profound way. This study further identified the great need for proper plastic waste management strategies in order to enhance public health in Nigeria. It recommended the innovative tools of poetry, music, and educational blogs among others for use in plastic pollution education for sustainable development in Nigeria. It also recommended plastic recycling as one of the innovative strategies to enhance public health for sustainable development in Nigeria. This study issued a clarion call for more intensive research on the impacts of plastic pollution on public health in Nigeria. It concluded by highlighting the need for greater international collaborations and partnerships in finding a sustainable solution to the global menace.
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