Plastics Campaign

Plastic is choking our oceans and killing marine life.

Every year we throw away millions of tonnes of plastic.

And vast amounts of it finds its way into the ocean.

As the plastic breaks down into tiny pieces it’s consumed by marine animals.

 

All this plastic waste means a cocktail of harmful chemicals is passed up the food chain and into our food and water supplies.

 

Proposed solutions

 

A two-pronged approach is urgently needed to tackle the problem: lobbying governments to phase out use of the bags as soon as possible, except in exceptional cases, and persuading consumers that they should refuse to use the bags.

 

Seven of the 10 largest plastic producers are oil and natural gas companies, so as long as they are extracting fossil fuels, there will be a huge incentive to manufacture plastic.

 

The fight against the use of fossil fuels and the switch to renewables should help counteract the rising production of plastics. The majority of pollution originates in countries such as China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam, though it was our own industrial revolution that triggered the developments that led to the current situation. But we can follow countries such as Belgium in putting in place mitigation measures, and thereby become a role model.