The Plastic Crisis
Plastic has spread to every corner of the planet. It has been discovered in the deepest point of the ocean floor, floating on the water's surface, washing up on some of the world's most distant shores, and melting out of Arctic sea ice. It is present in the water we drink, the food we consume, and the air we breathe.
Of the approximately 9.2 billion tonnes of plastics manufactured between 1950 and 2017, about 7 billion tonnes are currently garbage. About 75% of the garbage is either dumped in landfills or builds up in ecosystems and surroundings on land and in water.
By 2050, this is predicted to increase expontentially and become a far-bigger threat than it already is.
The global plastic treaty put forward by the United Nations is a step in the right direction, but the petrochemical companies that produce the plastic will continue to lobby and influence policy that allows them to damage our environments.
The global plastic treaty must include an URGENT phase-out of production of single-use plastics, as well as policy that requires those that profited throughout the plastic crisis to help cover the clean-up.