The scourge of plastic is real. It is affecting planet earth badly. According to the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), there is a cascade of evidence of harm from plastics.
The report argues that the plastic pollution threat is almost equivalent to climate change.
Not only this, the air that we breathe now also contains plastic microparticles. There is plastic in Arctic snow, plastic in soils and plastic in our food.
To put it in a simple way, the authors have been urging the nations to agree on a UN treaty with binding targets for reducing both plastic production and waste.
This is a massive tidal wave of pollution all across the globe. And if goes unchecked, the anticipated plastics in the seas by 2040 could exceed the collective weight of all fish in the ocean. The reports make these staggering claims.
The United Nations has also identified three existential environmental threats including climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. It concludes that they must be addressed together.
Although, there exist multilateral agreements on biodiversity loss and climate. But they all have failed to combat the CO2 emissions or protect the natural world in the way they should.
The idea behind a dedicated plastics treaty has however been opposed by some nations in recent years.
But more than 100 countries, including the UK, are favouring this treaty for obvious reasons.
As per the sources, outright opposition is weakening, but the dispute centres around how strict the treaty should be, and whether it should be legally binding or voluntary.
US President Joe Biden also made a big announcement that the US now supports a global agreement.
On the other hand, Japan is also said to be trying to diminish the ambition of the treaty. As we all know that China produces most virgin plastic. Yet, what we cannot ignore is that the US and UK are said to be the biggest producers of waste per person.
Indeed there is more to plastic waste than mere plastics. It gives rise to marine litter and waste management is another point that needs to be highlighted here.
The concern is alarming enough for the entire world. Now that we have Artificial Intelligence (AI), we may put it to some good use for the betterment of humanity.