Two hundred countries have endorsed plans to attack the problem of plastics in the ocean.
The United Nations circulated a resolution early December on eliminating such rubbish, and more than 200 nations have endorsed it. An international meeting of environment ministers, held in Nairobi, Kenya, addressed the ocean pollution problem.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) which organized the meeting, agreed with the claim that there would be, on weight, more plastic than fish in the ocean within 30 years. This claim was referenced in WikiTribune’s first story in this ongoing Project. UNEP launched a campaign on plastic waste early in 2017.
UK environment minister, Michael Gove, has said more of Britain’s overseas aid budget should be spent on reducing plastic pollution of the oceans, according to this report from the London Times. Gove referred to a study finding that the vast majority of the waste came from 10 rivers in Asia and Africa, as previously reported in this Project by WikiTribune community writer Steven Abbott.
The UK Environment Minister told the Department for International Development (Dfid) to consider increasing the tiny proportion of the £13 billion annual aid budget that is being spent on the problem.
In October, Gove told a conference of his Conservative Party that he was considering a compulsory deposit scheme for plastic bottles. Deposit return schemes (DRS), which operate in many countries, have an extra charge levied at point of purchase, which is refunded when the empty bottle is returned to a vendor.
Dissenters remain, and some jurisdictions, such as the United States and China, are wary of introducing laws in this area. According to the BBC, China is cautious, although major polluters such as vastly-populated Indonesia are believed to be supportive.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi was quoted as praising the recent clean-up of plastic from a beach in Mumbai, saying: “It is our duty to protect the environment for our future generations.” But India refused to support the resolution in Nairobi, as did the US, as stated in this report by the London Independent.
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