HPF is encouraging you to join millions of people around the world by taking the Plastic Free July challenge and helping to rid our planet of plastic waste.
The reality of this crisis is confronting! According to the United Nations Environment Programme our planet is ‘drowning in plastic pollution … with 300 million tonnes of plastic waste a year, nearly equivalent to the weight of the entire human population … Plastic waste is now so ubiquitous in the natural environment that scientists have even suggested it could serve as a geological indicator of the Anthropocene era.”
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Here in Aotearoa New Zealanders are tossing out an estimated 159 grams of plastic waste per person, said Environment Minister David Parker, making us some of the highest waste generators in the world.
Mr Parker recently announced that the NZ Government is committed to going plastic-free and will be phasing out problem-plastics and some single-use plastics by July 2025.
“We estimate this new policy will remove more than two billion single-use plastic items from our landfills or environment each year … We’re encouraging businesses and people to find reusable options.”
A recently published UN report has also highlighted that vulnerable communities disproportionately bear the brunt of environmental degradation caused by plastics pollution, and action is urgently needed to address the issue and restore access to human rights, health and wellbeing.
The report, entitled, Neglected: Environmental Justice Impacts of Plastic Pollution, showcases how environmental injustices are linked to plastic production, in areas such as deforestation for road building, the displacement of indigenous peoples to conduct oil drilling, as well as contamination of potable water by fracking operations to extract natural gas, in countries such as the United States and Sudan.
SO WHY WAIT! ACT NOW! Using this month as your plastic-free target will give you the impetus to begin your plastic-free journey, rather than putting it off for another time that may keep being postponed.