The Heat: Global Plastic Pollution

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From our oceans to wildlife, plastics are everywhere and pose a major threat to the planet. We’ll discuss how the international community is responding. 

French President Emmanuel Macron calls plastic pollution a “time bomb” for the world. 

The United Nations Environmental Program says plastics are hurting ecosystems, warming the climate and damaging our health.  

In February of 2022, countries agreed in principle on the need for a legally binding United Nations treaty to end plastic pollution around the world. This week, delegates from 175 countries got to work with the second round of talks. 

Joining the discussion: 

  • Dianna Cohen is Co-Founder and CEO of the Plastic Pollution Coalition.  
  • Michael Shank is the Director of Engagement of the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance. 
  • Sunday Leonard is the Programme Management Officer for the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel at the United Nations Environment Program. 
  • Janaka de Silva is Senior Programme Coordinator for the Global Marine and Polar Programme with the International Union for Conservation of Nature.