Climate Change and Plastic
Plastic is a subject that people have been talking about in recent times. Many people are annoyed that they now have to pay to use plastic bags frm the shop - but this is to reduce the amount of plastic we use. Have you ever thought why we need to do this?
Plastic contributes to greenhouse gases at every stage of its life cycle, from its production to its refining and the way it is managed as a waste product. The contribution of plastic production and disposal to climate change has been largely hidden, say the authors of the report by the Center for International Environmental Law.
While plastic pollution in the oceans has become a high-profile concern, the effect on climate change of the use of plastic has not been a focus. Making plastics involves burning fossil fuel and the industries involved in making pastics are getting bigger and bigger.
Key actions which the authors say are required are:
- Immediately end the production and use of single-use, disposable plastic.
- Stop development of new oil, gas and petrochemical infrastructure.
- Foster the transition to zero-waste communities.
- Implement a system where polluters pay for the impact of their products – known as extended producer responsibility.
Governements should take these actions now whilst we still have a chance of saving our planet.