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Plastic as a Key to Addressing Ocean Pollution
This event is part of the series of webinars featuring new scientific ‘Blue Papers’, commissioned by the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (Ocean Panel).

The notion that things can be thrown away is a myth. There is no ‘away’ for damaging pollutants to go where they will not harm ecosystems, plant and animal health and, ultimately, human health. While there is growing awareness of the perils of plastic pollution in the ocean, we often underestimate the true scale of pollution because visible waste only makes up 3% of all the plastic in the ocean, and beyond plastics there are a multitude of other pollutants that are entering the ocean. What we see is only the tip of the iceberg.

The increase in public awareness of the problem of plastics in the ocean presents an opportunity to capitalise on this attention and implement bold solutions that will tackle the root cause of not only plastics, but other ocean pollutants.

Using key findings from the latest Blue Paper commissioned by the Ocean Panel: Leveraging Multi-Target Strategies to Address Plastic Pollution in the Context of an Already Stressed Ocean, the paper’s authors and other experts will discuss actions to enable governments, businesses, communities and NGOs to work together to create innovative policies; support research and innovation; invest in wastewater and solid waste infrastructure; and shift mindsets and behavioural practices.


Amb. Tamaki Tsukada, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and High Level Panel Sherpa, Japan (Opening Remarks)
Dr. Jenna Jambeck, University of Georgia, USA (Lead Author and Panelist)
Ms. Ellie Moss, Independent Consultant and Researcher, USA (Lead Author and Panelist)
Dr. Brajesh Kr Dubey, Indian Institute of Technology – Kharagpur, India (Lead Author and Panelist)
Mr. Simon Reddy, The Pew Charitable Trusts (Panelist)
Prof. Dr. Martin R. Stuchtey, SYSTEMIQ (Moderator)
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