You know ocean plastics are getting out of hand when beach resorts use them to decorate. According to the U.N., enough is enough. To put an end to plastic pollution, the U.N. Environment Programme drafted a resolution signed by 200 partner countries.
“There is very strong language in this resolution,” [said] Norway’s environment minister, Vidar Helgesen…
“We now have an agreement to explore a legally binding instrument and other measures and that will be done at the international level over the next 18 months.”
Projected to host more plastic than marine life by 2050, the ocean could use a helping hand. The new resolution hopes to slash the eight million tons of plastic that end up tossed every year. Participating countries are aiming to abolish “useless” plastic products such as straws.
“While this is not a treaty, significant progress is being made … 39 governments announced new commitments to reduce the amount of plastic going into the sea,” said the chief of public advocacy at UNEP, Sam Barrat.
Change, like any other, will take time. But at least we’ll no longer be risking plastic chunks in seafood platters.