The terrible scale of our planet’s plastic pollution crisis has been making headlines in recent years, as have a number of apparent technological solutions to the problem – but can we really rely on physical ocean clean-ups to sort out the mess for us?
EIA’s Ocean campaigners were among the first to spot the rising crisis of plastic pollution and we’re proud to have helped lead the call for a new Global Plastics Treaty to tackle it. This month we’ll be in Nairobi to attend the third session of the UN’s Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee working out the detail.
This report from the Environmental Investigation Agency and OceanCare highlights major concerns around quick-fix technological solutions to cleaning up plastics in our oceans, ranging from their impact on the environment to the distraction from genuine policy solutions. The report provides recommendations to policymakers negotiating the new global plastics treaty for how to ensure that clean-up are conducted in a way that puts people and planet first. First and foremost the report highlights that we cannot do the clean-up without stopping the source.