Plastic has seeped into every ecosystem on earth, from shore to soil, desert to camel. A leading team of scientists, policy wonks, and conservation practitioners have united to stem the global tide of plastic pollution.
WHAT IS THE PLASTIC POLLUTION EMISSIONS WORKING GROUP?
Our research aims to quantify the impact of different intervention strategies on reducing the flow of plastic pollution into the environment.
That means we look at an array of global and local policies – plastic bag bans, container deposit schemes, clean-ups, recycling infrastructure and how effective they are at reducing the input of plastic into the environment.
We've designed the methods and outputs of our research to inform governments, businesses and agencies about the most effective strategies to reduce plastic waste. We model scenarios of future plastic emissions and the relative reduction of emissions using different management strategies.
We are supported by the amazing team at The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (@sesync) who are accelerating data-driven scientific discovery at the interface of human and ecological systems.
Plastic pollution has become a key feature of policy conversations. How did we get here? And more importantly, where are we going?
THE HISTORY OF PLASTIC POLLUTION INTERVENTION
The first reports of ingestion of plastic pollution by marine life were in the 1950’s and since then plastic pollution has contaminated the most remote places on our living earth.
It is now so pervasive in the environment, it has been suggested as an indicator of the Anthropocene (or as we call it - the Anthroplasticene).
The scale and extent of the plastic pollution problem is so vast, that there is now a flurry of activity to try and stem the flow, and quickly. It’s a hot topic now but it hasn’t always been that way.
Explore the history of the International response to plastic pollution with our interactive policy timeline.