An important step was taken, but not the expected or urgent step that our Planet demands and needs.
170 countries were present at the IV UN Assembly for the Environment held in Nairobi, all committed to “a significant reduction of single-use plastic products by 2030”.
What are the single-use plastics? This is a list and keep in mind that replacing them ALL are going to save you money and it’ll make the seas 8 million tons of plastic free each year:
- Straws (order your drink without sorbet)
- Plastic bags (carry your reusable bags)
- Cigarette butts
- Plastic bottles for drinks and their lids (take a thermos with you)
- Food wrappers (buy glass containers to store food)
ALL will save you money. In a new post we will show you with some data how much you will save. Keep in mind that 300 million tons of plastic are produced annually, of which 8 million are dumped into the oceans killing millions of marine and land animals.
While the agreement is a positive thing, the 11 years left until 2030 are decisive. Thousands of species will continue to suffer and die, the plastic islands will continue to grow. According to sources close to the negotiations, some rich countries such as the United States pressed for the agreement to be less ambitious than initially anticipated. In an initial draft it was proposed “to take progressive measures to get rid of single-use plastic (…) in 2025”.
We are already past the moment in which the planet depends on the agreements of all countries to protect it. We are at the point where it depends on what each person does for the environment without waiting for their governments to act on their behalf. A clear example was seen last week, when 1.6 million students marched in different cities around the world. Supported and, in a way, led by the young Greta Thunberg, they took to the streets to press on their authorities in their intervention against climate change and against the pollution that is causing so much damage to Earth.
Mohamed Adow, of Christian Aid comments that “we expected more from this meeting to act against the main environmental and existential problem of our time: climate change“.
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