They do not have a pension nor financial support from families or relatives, but they have themselves. Now they have become collectors of plastic waste, which they turn into products as they battle for survival - earning money from the growing plastic pollution in Zimbabwe. https://www.ipsnews.net/2023/10/seniors-thriving-through-plastic-waste-in-zimbabwe/
Ijora Badia, a slum in Lagos, was swimming in plastic waste. Now children pay their school fees in plastic bottles, and these are used to build classrooms. https://www.ipsnews.net/2023/10/turning-trash-education-lagos-children-benefit-plastic-waste-school/
Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have made progress towards partial regulations to reduce plastic pollution, but the problem is serious and environmental activists are calling for regulations in the entire chain of production, consumption and disposal of plastic waste.
Plastic INC-2 finished up by laying out a roadmap for the time in between meetings leading to INC-3, requiring the creation of a “zero draft” of the new treaty for review at INC-3. Allocating a day to discuss the synthesis report of elements not thought of during INC-2 prior to the meeting. Representing Global Plastic INC-2, Dr. Shahriar Hossain, Secretary General of ESDO provided an overview of the meeting's results today (Thursday) in the media briefing, press briefing organized by Environment and Social Development Organization.
Plastic bags were a part and parcel of life in Kenya. More than 100 million plastic bags were used annually in Kenyan supermarkets alone, with at least 24 million plastic bags discarded every month. Kenya was choking under the weight of plastic bags. https://www.ipsnews.net/2023/06/kenyas-hits-and-misses-on-journey-to-eliminating-plastic-waste/
It’s time to get together and celebrate the environment! June 5th is the 50th World Environment Day, where each year, the significance of transformative action from across the world is crucial to help people and the planet. This year’s World Environment Day is being hosted by Côte d'Ivoire
in partnership with the Netherlands with a theme of ‘Finding Solutions for Plastic Pollution
have hit New Zealand hard this year. In January, we suffered unprecedented extreme weather and flooding, followed by Cyclone Gabrielle in February - the worst storm in 55 years—which triggered a national state of emergency
. In total, we had 5.5 times more rain
than Auckland summers typically receive. https://www.ipsnews.net/2023/05/global-plastics-treaty-can-end-age-plastic/
With one in ten
people in the world going hungry, food prices hitting record highs
, and the worsening conditions
of the environment and climate, it’s time for the world’s population of 8 billion to eat something that is available, abundant and inexpensive: plastics. https://www.ipsnews.net/2023/02/lets-eat-plastics/
Experts agree that African economies need to develop innovative approaches to deal with plastic production, which is set to double in 20 years – adversely impacting rural communities. https://www.ipsnews.net/2022/12/experts-seek-appropriate-circular-solutions-plastic-pollution-africa/
This spring, I taught a new undergraduate course in environmental sociology. Most of my students took the course because they were curious to see what their desire to live more sustainably had to do with sociology. https://www.ipsnews.net/2022/08/plastic-crisis-deep-corporate-roots-protect-planet-need-exposed/
Have you ever watched the movie “Free Willy”? A young boy, Jesse, had an Orca whale friend named Willy. Jesse freed Willy into the wild ocean believing that it was the best decision to make for his friend. Well, that was a long time ago. https://www.ipsnews.net/2022/06/plastics-will-kill-us/
Planet Earth is increasingly being transformed into planet Plastics. Approximately 400,000,000
metric tons of plastics are produced worldwide annually. Those plastics amount to about 50 kilograms, or 110 pounds, every year for each of the 8 billion
human inhabitants living on the unfolding planet Plastics. https://www.ipsnews.net/2022/03/plastic-pollution-planet-earth-planet-plastics/
Environmental experts gathered in Nairobi, Kenya, have urged African governments to take advantage of ‘circular plastic opportunities’ to lower greenhouse gas emissions and stop environmental degradation. They were speaking to IPS on the sidelines of the fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).
The COVID-19 pandemic significantly affected plastic waste management, as the world saw a rise in single-use sanitary products, and many cities abandoned their recycling and waste management efforts in the first few months, Eirik Lindebjerg of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) told IPS. https://www.ipsnews.net/2022/02/whole-life-cycle-plastics-approach-reduce-pollution-wwf-expert/
There are more under-reported consequences of human activities unmatching the rhythm of Mother Nature. Such is the case, among many others, of the growing salinisation and ‘plastification’ of the world's soils. https://www.ipsnews.net/2022/01/harmful-march-salt-plastics-world-soils/
Plastic waste of all shapes and sizes permeates the world’s oceans. It shows up on beaches
, in fish
and even in Arctic sea ice
. And a new report
from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine makes clear that the U.S. is a big part of the problem. https://www.ipsnews.net/2021/12/plastic-trash-ocean-global-problem-us-top-source/
Documented images of albatross chicks and marine turtles dying slow deaths from eating plastic bags and other waste are being seared into our consciences. And yet our mass pollution of Earth’s seas and oceans, fuelled by single-use plastics and throw-away consumerism, just gets worse.
For decades, every time it rains heavily in Jamaica, a daunting deluge of plastic bottles and bags, styrofoam and other garbage trundles its way down a network of countless gullies and streams. If they don’t get snagged somewhere, they end up in the Kingston Harbour or close to the beaches ringing the tourist-heavy North coast.
Ever since the pandemic began this year, countries across the globe have been striving to protect their people from the virus through various preventive measures where protective gear also known as PPE are in high demand. On the contrary, this has dramatically increased the unsustainable use of plastic posing significant risk for the environment. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which includes masks, gloves and goggles have become indispensable plastic products for everyone currently witnessing the coronavirus pandemic. The global health crisis has given rise to the consumption of PPE at a staggering rate, which is considered a shield for combatting the virus. PPE is playing a key role in protecting people, especially the frontline workers, who are fighting day and night to cure millions of patients ever since the outbreak started. This has led to some tough questions for those of us who are continually advocating for environmental protection and sustainability— how are we going to manage the devastating impact of plastic waste generated due to Covid-19?
The coronavirus pandemic was a respite for nature
everywhere. The air was cleaner
, trekking trails were pristine, the summit of Mt Everest was deserted
, and worldwide carbon emission dipped by -26%. https://www.ipsnews.net/2020/08/covid-19-plastic-pandemic/