World Environment Day 2023: Global Solutions to Beat Plastic Pollution
Mageswari Sangaralingam, Senior Research Officer, Sahabat Alam Malaysia & Consumers Association of Penang
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Humanity is facing a plastic pollution crisis. It's said that plastic production has risen exponentially in the last decades, and now amounts to some 400 million tons per year– a figure set to double by 2040. In 2022, UN Member States agreed to start negotiating a historic new global treaty to end plastic pollution. The framework is now being negotiated throughout a series of meetings across the globe, and the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) are working on developing this international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment. In conjunction with World Environment Day which was on the 5th of June, we take up the theme to #BeatPlasticPollution and speak to Mageswari Sangaralingam, a Senior Research Officer from Sahabat Alam Malaysia and the Consumers Association of Penang, about the ongoing talks, and whether a resolution to clearly take us towards a future with no plastic pollution can be a reality.
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Produced by: Juliet Jacobs
Presented by: Juliet Jacobs
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