Here in New Zealand, I regularly receive updates from this region. Among the main highlights this week are two noteworthy items – one from India, one from Australia.
A headline in India’s Bangalore Mirror reads Raids Throw Up 6.5 Tonnes of Illegal Plastic Bags. Apparently, in this region, cheap plastic bags that do not meet the standards set by India’s Supreme Court are now regarded as hazardous, toxic substances in the nature of methamphetamines, for example. (Joking.) It is wonderful to see the country taking the issue of plastic pollution so seriously. I am looking forward to seeing firsthand the nature of India’s growing environmental awareness when I travel to Delhi in two weeks, and will report what I notice there.
In other news, Australia’s Ian ‘Thommo’ Thomson, founder of Save Our Seas International, has announced that he’ll be sailing around Australia to raise awareness about plastic pollution. He’s a former world record holder for solo circumnavigation of that huge country, and is now trying to shave a few days off the current record to hold the title again. Support the cause by signing the petition in favor of banning single-use plastic bags in Australia.
Stay tuned for more news from across the globe…