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The Plastic Treaty: Battling A Global Crisis

Updated: Dec 26, 2022

When we look back at the history of treaties, there are a few that come to mind: The Treaty of Versailles, The Treaty of Portsmouth, The Treaty of Utrecht, and so on. All of these deal with a global crisis - war, but now there are larger problems than political divisions and great guns, there is the problem of… plastic.

In a world where 11 millon metric tons of waste are mounting up in the oceans every years, it’s only so important that we take action now; this year, on March, the UN Member States signed a mandate to “negotiate a legally binding global instrument to end plastic pollution.” On an international scale, the treaty is perceived as an influential leap in the fight to eliminate plastic waste and pollution. Hence, this framework is will be negotiated through meetings around the globe, and is expected to be established by the end of 2024.

A questions arises: why is the plastic treaty so important?