Time to rethink plastics, from pollution to solution.
By 2050 it is anticipated that our oceans will have more plastic than fish, this is something that should prick our conscience and cause us to change. We all have a responsibility to protect our environment and our planet, it’s our home. During the high-level meeting dubbed ‘Ocean Action for Sustainability- Building a global vision to tackle plastic pollution’ hosted by the Government of Kenya and UNEP, Susan Gardner Director of Ecosystems Division of UNEP said that plastic pollution represents the largest and most persistent fraction of marine litter counting for about 85% of total marine waste.
Plastic pollution is a global problem that needs global attention. Kenya is already showing leadership in this fight; three years ago it banned manufacture, importation and use of plastic bags and just recently it banned use of certain single-use plastics in all its protected areas, all this aimed at reducing plastic pollution, something other governments should emulate.
Only about 9% of plastic ever produced has been recycled, 12% has been burned and the remaining 79% has ended up in landfills or the environment.Chopped by