Report Lays Out Process for Addressing Plastic Pollution both Locally and Globally – by Rebecca Mayer

In the most remote places on Earth with few or no humans present… one can find substantial quantities of plastic debris.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock/Stephane Bidouze

That is the bad news.  But according to a new international report, constructive solutions to the problem of plastic can be found.

According to Lisa Kaas Boyle in her article Help for a Plastic Planet, “the report clearly identifies the problem so it can be the focus of solutions: the problem is plastic.”
Basically, the production of plastic is increasing each year by about 9%.  According to the report: Since most plastic items will not biodegrade in the environment it seems inevitable that quantities of debris will increase over time.  
The report’s international contributors have come to a conclusion: Plastic pollution must be addressed on a global scale.  What a person does in one country affects the lives and health of a person across the globe.  Our interconnectedness has this downside, but we can turn it into an upside by supporting worldwide awareness and the implementation of change on a regional basis.
The formula for change is suggested as follows:
1.  Identify a specific source of marine debris.
2.  Bring key users and producers together to find a solution, either by decreasing production or a better system for “end of life material”.
3.  Ask how to best implement and incentivise the process.
4.  Monitor and measure success!
This 4-step Process can easily be implemented at your home or within your community!

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Bag It is a documentary film following the world wide use of plastic bags, plastic's impact on the environment and human health.
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