Plastic is the most common type of litter – it clogs landfills and pollutes oceans around the world. However, have you thought about how else it might impact the environment?
With the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) only three weeks away, Take 3 would like to acknowledge the urgency of our changing climate and its inextricable links to plastic and our plastic pollution crisis.
Take 3 believes it is essential to create awareness around the importance of ocean conservation, global plastic pollution and the links between plastics and climate change.
Take 3’s CEO, Sarah Beard said; “Through education that inspires participation, Take 3 has been building a global movement to tackle the plastic pollution crisis facing our oceans for over 11 years. We know that plastic is a major contributor to climate change in every stage of its life cycle and therefore want to provide a platform to inspire urgent action on climate.”
Take 3 would like to introduce our new Plastics and Climate Change survey, created to help Take 3 (and you!) understand perceptions around some of the broader impacts of plastics in the environment.
Did you know that researchers estimate that the production and incineration of plastic will pump more than 850 million tonnes of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, in 2021 alone?
The more plastic we make, the more fossil fuels we need, the more we exacerbate climate change. The more plastic we use, the more plastic waste we need to dispose of, the more we exacerbate climate change. If it were a country, the “Plastic Kingdom” would be the fifth-highest greenhouse gas emitter in the world.
“Plastic is one of the most energy intensive materials to produce and one of the easiest ways we can all make a difference to our changing climate – just say no thanks to single-use plastic and remember to bring your own! Take 3 hopes that this survey will help open people’s eyes to one of the broader environmental impacts of plastic,” said Roberta Dixon-Valk, Take 3 Co-founder and Head of Programs.
“Watch this space – we will let you know how we all go with the Plastic = Climate Change Survey.”
Data collected from the survey will be used to target our new education programs, such as Climate, Clean Ups and Classrooms, to add another layer of understanding of the plastic pollution problem – this time through the lens of climate change.
Will you learn more about your carbon footprint and support our work to fight for our planet?
The anonymous survey will take just 5 minutes to complete. Access the link to the survey here.