Plastic pollution can now be found everywhere, from the remote shores of the Arctic to the deepest parts of the ocean. Up to 12 million tonnes of plastic leak into the marine environment annually, harming biodiversity and posing a threat to food security, sustainability and human health.
As production continues to increase and waste management efforts are overwhelmed, we are only just beginning to comprehend the scale of the crisis.
The world is waking up to plastic pollution, yet current national, regional and international regulatory efforts are fragmented and insufficient to reduce the amount of plastic leaking into the environment. We urgently need global coordination and an ambitious plan to reduce the pervasive and transboundary impacts of pollution throughout the plastics lifecycle.