GEF : The circular economy: tackling plastic pollution
Over the last two years pollution by plastics has caught the attention, and sparked the concern, of the world. What was for long seen as a marginal, local, and largely aesthetic issue – even by some environmentalists – is now established to be one of our greatest challenges.
It is increasingly recognised as one of the prime symbols of the world's throwaway 'linear' economy and of the need to replace it with a regenerative 'circular' one, through systems – rather than piecemeal - change.
Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) has hailed the new awareness of plastic pollution as a sign that the time has come for the circular economy, which, she called in a speech last year, “nothing less than a blueprint for a fundamental transformation of our economic system – a transformation that is urgently needed, entirely possible, and indeed desirable.”