Negotiations Begin for UN’s Landmark Treaty on Plastics Pollution

Do you want your country to take action against plastics pollution?

  • 19.7k
    Brian
    Voted Yes
    11/29/2022

    Plastics are a real threat to our planet and our health. Animals can be killed by plastic, too much plastic can clog up waterways and shipping channels, and we ingest plastic once small particles of it end up in our water.

    All countries should work together to stop the proliferation of plastics in our water and land, and I hope the US fully engages in this.

  • 659
    DeWitt
    Voted No
    11/30/2022

    I've been telling people for years that the whole recycling thing with plastics is misleading at best, and an outright lie at worst, but I'll let those who complain the most make my case.

     

    https://www.greenpeace.org/usa/news/new-greenpeace-report-plastic-recycling-is-a-dead-end-street-year-after-year-plastic-recycling-declines-even-as-plastic-waste-increases/

     

  • 194
    RONALD
    11/30/2022

    Plastic polution is now everywhere; on the sides of roads, in the fields, swamps, rivers, the atlantic, the pacific, both poles, everywhere now.  Its time for a planet wide clean up and the plastic producers need to pay for the effort!  Raise taxes on plastics, plastic producers, and plastic imports to pay the cost of the cleanup.

    Maybe plastic was just a bad idea looking for a place to happen??

  • 48.2k
    LeslieG
    Voted Yes
    11/30/2022

    Plastics are projected to double to 1B tons by 2050 and account for 85% of marine litter but only 9% is currently being recycled as it has little value by making producers so a UN Agreement is in process to make manufacturers & distributors of plastics responsible throughout the lifecycle by paying for it with surcharges on polymers, and retailers selling products packaged in plastics buy it back.

    This week (11-28-22) 159 countries met to update the previous draft to include the lifecycle of plastics, from production through to innovative packaging, products and business models, from Feb 2022, made by 175 nations, endorsed the UN Environment Assembly resolution  to end plastic pollution & signed an international legally binding agreement to ban by the end of 2024. 68 countries already have legislation on single used plastics bags with varying levels of enforcement.

    75% of people worldwide (IPSOS poll of 20K people in 28 countries) want single use plastics banned (up from 71% in 2019). 

    Countries & US states have taken some action in single use plastic bags but more is needed for all plastics.

    India joins Canada in banning single use plastics though Canada’s is not in effect  until Dec 2022 while India’s went into effect 7-1-22. 

    8 US states (CA, CT, DE, HI, ME, NY, OR & VT) have banned single-use plastic bags. Cities & Counties have also enacted bans, and some have fees as well. However 1/3rd of US states have pre-emotive bans or limitations preventive health bans on plastic bags. 

    US Department of the Interior will halt the sale of single-use plastics in national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands, but will not be completely phased in until 2032

    https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/75-people-want-single-use-plastics-banned-global-survey-finds-2022-02-22/

    https://www.ipsos.com/sites/default/files/ct/news/documents/2022-02/Attitudes-towards-single-use-plastics-Feb-2022.pdf

    https://www.ncsl.org/research/environment-and-natural-resources/plastic-bag-legislation.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jun/08/biden-ban-single-use-plastic-national-parks-public-lands

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jun/08/biden-ban-single-use-plastic-national-parks-public-lands

    https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/03/1113142

    https://www.indiatoday.in/business/story/single-use-plastic-indian-govt-ready-to-face-ban-1968568-2022-06-30

    https://www.causes.com/comments/22784

    https://www.causes.com/comments/359

    https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-03835-w

  • 2,335
    Robert
    Voted No
    11/30/2022

    I'm not sure we want THE NEW WORLD ORDER making rules for us. 

    What would you do if Tomorrow they ordered that all fossil fuels could no longer be used or produced. The only sorce of power will be wind and solar. 

    Would that be ok with you?

  • 588
    justiceforamerica
    11/30/2022

    Yes, Tell Japan, and China to stop dumping their garbage into the ocean which then ends up on our shores. Beyond that, we have larger problems with you all trying to destroy this country every second then doing worthless things like this. 

  • 372
    Jeanne
    Voted Yes
    01/05/2023

    We must stop our dependence on plastics. I much prefer my food items be stored in glass and metal all which must be recycled.  I liked it when we returned bottles to the store for refund.  

  • 43
    Ralph
    Voted Yes
    12/12/2022

    Plastics pollution is unacceptable.  It can be recycled for so many things and it's killing the planet and it's inhabitants!  Thanks in advance for anything you can do to change things for the better!

  • 91
    Hailey
    Voted Yes
    12/06/2022

    I feel like cracking down on the recycling sector could create jobs, we obviously need to re-build revamp how recycling works right now. create jobs and figure out how we and businesses can be better and actally recycle all this plastic. 

  • 54
    Sondra
    Voted Yes
    12/05/2022

    Plastics are the Bane of our Planet!

    Plastics are Pollution..the Worst Pollution!!

    Plastics are in our landfills,water,food and It's inside our Animals!

    It's modified our landscapes and homes for Worse!

    It's modified our bodies I'm bad ways such as diseases.

    Plastics have done very evil things while we are unawares.But out of all It's Evil purposes, you can rest assured that 1% of us got Filthy rich with egos to match

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • 42
    dianne
    Voted Yes
    12/05/2022

    Future generations will thank us for this..!!!  What a mess we're allowing this to happen. It's so heartbreaking that we are destroying our beautiful planet and so many species are being wiped out by our inaction to control our environments!!

  • 32
    Shikha
    Voted Yes
    12/03/2022

    If we want to have a habitable planet for our children, we need to stop single-use plastic!

  • 6,203
    MrGeer
    Voted Yes
    12/01/2022

    we can't recycle our way out of the climate disaster. plastic producers need to be held accountable for the destruction of our planet. and the production of single use plastics drasticly  curtailed, if not stopped outright.

    we, humans on Earth, now all have micro plastics in our blood. I never agreed to that, did you? if an individual poisons you, its attempted murder, but when the plastic industry does it-nothing!?! no class action lawsuit?!?!

     

  • 338
    Keyless
    Voted Yes
    12/01/2022

    Congress should pass a tax on all bottled water products which would exclusively be allocated for plastic cleanup. People can also do their  part by not purchasing bottled water in the first place! Purchase a filter for your tap water instead. 

  • 972
    Shari
    Voted Yes
    12/01/2022

    Enact legislation curbing the proliferation of plastics and force producers to only make products that can truly be recycled.

  • 531
    DOMINIC
    Voted Yes
    12/01/2022

    I want all the industries that created and distributed plastics to clean them all out! Like all giant industries, wealth and money are their first priority.

    Humanity is not a concern for giant industries and pharmaceutical companies, governments here and around the globe and politicians who we elect.  Everything in life is just one big selfish dirty game on humanity.  

    How much power and how much money can those at the top and those who are greedy to get to their top are all that matter in life!

    We are all victims of our own humanity!

  • 1,279
    Kevin
    Voted Yes
    12/01/2022

    Plastic pollution is more devastating than most Americans realize.

  • 90
    Sally
    Voted Yes
    12/01/2022

    This is a no brainer!  Components of plastic are cancer causing agents.  Yet more plastic is constantly being introduced to our environment in many forms. Once introduced, it becomes a continuous poison.

  • 1,899
    Jean
    Voted Yes
    11/30/2022

    CAUSES ASKS: "Do you want your country to take action against plastic pollution?"  ME:  You bet I do!  Simple: Plastic is destoying wildlife, polluting the oceans, and ending up in us.  It uglifies the world, overloads landfills, and contributes to global warming ("The source substances of polyethylene vary, but are almost always some form of fossil fuel. Both petroleum and natural gas are common sources and vital ingredients in almost all plastic bags [and most other plastics as well] available today."  https://sciencing.com/materials-used-making-plastic-bags-5267902.html )

  • 989
    Kathleen
    Voted Yes
    11/30/2022

    Of course! 

  • 513
    Henry
    Voted Yes
    11/30/2022

    This problem is a human problem.  As it is caused by persons inconsiderate of others and the enviroment.  It is caused by lazyness to control this problem.  We need to find a way that makes it profitable to some how recycle this trash or/and transform it.  people and business need to be severely fined for causing this problem or trash.

  • 194
    Donna
    Voted Yes
    11/30/2022

    I grew up in an age before plastic when we recycled glass bottles. Hemp was illegal. Now is to utilize this versatile, cheap resource to protect our environment. It grows fast without fertilizer or pesticides. It can replace water draining cotton for textiles. It can replace plastic. It can save trees by replacing paper products and building materials. It is even high in protein as a food additive.

    This is an an easy way to protect our environment and end plastic pollution because hemp is biodegradable too.

    Forget your contributions from oil companies and Monsanto and don't give monsanto a patent. 

  • 1,800
    Adel
    Voted Yes
    11/30/2022

    We need to have much larger destinations for all this plastic in our communities.  I keep asking where is it and they all keep saying it is full!

  • 704
    George
    Voted Yes
    11/30/2022

    The old white politicians need to listen to millennials and gen z since they care about climate change 

  • 1,641
    George
    Voted Yes
    11/30/2022

    Join the rest of the world don't do it alone.