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Plastic Pollution: A Global Crisis Demanding Immediate Action through New UN Treaty

Addressing the World’s Plastic Crisis: The UN’s New Treaty Takes Aim at the Issue

Plastic Pollution: A Global Crisis Demanding Immediate Action through New UN Treaty

Plastic, a ubiquitous material, is found everywhere, from the ocean to our communities and even inside the human body. Its ability to degrade into microplastics and nanoplastics has resulted in plastic pollution becoming a global issue that affects every corner of the world. According to the OECD, over 430 million tons of plastic are produced annually, a figure expected to triple to approximately 1.2 billion tons by 2060. This massive increase in plastic production could lead to nearly 4 billion tons of greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere at a time when efforts are being made to reduce emissions and achieve net zero carbon goals.

The growing severity of this problem has prompted the United Nations’s Environment Program to propose a new treaty aimed at addressing it. The treaty calls for a reduction in plastic production and an increase in recycling in order to combat this crisis. If successful, this proposed treaty could become a legally binding agreement by next year, highlighting the urgency and importance of addressing the plastic pollution crisis.

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