12/05/2017

The solution to single-use plastics is simple: Ban them


The UN Environment Assembly is putting together a "political declaration on pollution," but we need action more than words at this point.

A high-level meeting is taking place this week in Nairobi among heads of state and environment ministers at the UN Environment Assembly. The topic of discussion is plastic waste, a problem that is plaguing every nation on Earth, especially those with coastlines where plastic tends to accumulate, thanks to winds and tides.

The problem has become so big that it's impossible to ignore any longer. With the equivalent of one truckload of plastic trash being dumped in the world's oceans every minute, and consumption expected to rise significantly over the next few years, plastic waste management is an urgent issue.

The Financial Times reports:

"Environmental officials hope ministers will agree to start developing measures to police marine litter management. They also want nations and regions to set individual plastic waste reduction targets for the first time."...more