The proliferation of single-use plastic around the world is accelerating climate change and needs to be urgently halted. Plastic production is expanding worldwide and plastic contributes to greenhouse gas emissions at every stage of its lifecycle, from its production to its refining and the way it is managed as a waste product. This plastic binge threatens attempts to meet the Paris climate agreement. It means that by 2050 plastic will be responsible for up to 13% of the total “carbon budget” – equivalent to 615 coal-fired power plants – says research.
After the extraction of fossil fuels to produce plastic, the carbon footprint of a material which has become ubiquitous across the globe continues through the refining process, and on well past its useful life as a drinks bottle or plastic bag, through the way it is disposed of and the plastic afterlife. Disposable plastic found in packaging and fast-moving consumer goods forms the largest and fastest-growing segment of the plastic economy. That's why "Northern Beaches Clean Up Crew" supports today's climate strike and hope that soon the production of single-use, disposable plastic will end - for us, for the oceans and for the future.