The plastics crisis is an environmental justice and climate change catastrophe — for our physical health and the world we live in. Only swift, meaningful action will save us now.
Each year, the world produces 350 million tons of plastic waste — more than the weight of the entire human population — with devastating effects for human and climate health. Social injustice is a part of the narrative, too: the people and communities most affected by plastic production and pollution are disproportionately the most vulnerable and least culpable.
Delegations have committed to creating a legally binding treaty that covers the entire life cycle of plastic and centers on frontline communities – but we must speak up to ensure that they adhere to this framework and create policies that address the global plastics crisis with the urgency it demands. Research shows that such policies may include:
A mandate for minimum recycled content in new products
A limit on virgin plastic production
Large investment in waste infrastructure and recycling capacity, and
Significant reductions in single-use packaging and additives