Greenpeace Call to Cut Plastic Production

The data is clear. Global plastic production doubled from 2000 to 2019, reaching 460 million tonnes (Mt) per year, and without action is anticipated to nearly triple by 2050 and projected to consume 13% or more of Earth’s remaining carbon budget to keep warming below 1.5°C.

This uncontrolled production of plastics is accelerating the triple planetary crisis – climate changepollution and biodiversity lossthreatening human health at an unimaginable scale, and exacerbating racial, gender and economic inequality across the globe.

Waste Management and Recycling in Bogotá, Colombia. © Juan Pablo Eijo / Greenpeace
Waste Management and Recycling in Bogotá, Colombia.
© Juan Pablo Eijo / Greenpeace

As we head into the third round of international negotiations for a global Plastics treaty in Kenya, global leaders must step up to the reality that the only way to address the plastics crisis and avoid the worst effects of the climate emergency is to set ambitious rules that significantly reduce the amount of plastics produced. World leaders have an opportunity to be ambitious and if they fail, we will all lose.

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Leslie Smith, Sutter Creek, CA: Raised in Washington State, Leslie is a happy California transplant having moved to Sunny Sutter Creek full time in 2020. As a nascent fly fisher and lifelong skier, she is committed to the natural environment and brings extensive organizational and finance experience to the board from a nearly 40 year career in banking.