WWF-Plastic pollution: Who’s to blame?
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Global plastic waste production could rise 41% by 2030 with amounts accumulated in the oceans expected to double. The blame lies with our flawed system for producing, using and discarding plastic, which does not hold anyone accountable. In its latest report entitled "Plastic Pollution, Who’s to Blame? ", WWF once more sounds the alarm and proposes solutions to this global crisis.
Plastic pollution is out of control
Plastic pollution in our oceans could double by 2030, threatening marine life and our own health.
Over 310 million tonnes of plastic waste were generated in 2016, with a third ending up in nature. It is a bleak report with grave consequences for the environment, human health and the economy. The impact on biodiversity is even more shocking: to date, more than 270 species have been entangled and more than 240 have ingested plastic. Isabelle Autissier, President of WWF France
If action is not taken, global plastic waste production could rise 41% by 2030 and amounts in the ocean are on track to double to 300 million tonnes by 2030. CO2 emissions from the plastic lifecycle are expected to grow by 50% while those from plastic incineration are set to triple by 2030.
Who’s to blame?
The blame lies with a flawed system where plastic pollution costs are not covered by the actors who benefit from its production and use, meaning dumping it in nature is cheaper than managing the end of its life cycle. This lack of accountability has led to today’s untenable production and growing pollution levels.
High-income countries are much to blame for this global crisis: they produce 10 times more waste per capita than low-income countries and export 10 to 25% of this waste. France is one of the biggest consumers of plastic and has one the worst plastic recycling records in Europe (only 21%).
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