Global plastic pollution treaty talks hit critical stage in Ottawa

(23 Apr 2024)
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Cape Town, South Africa – 22 April 2024

1. Environmental activists and volunteers walking along the beach with bags of litter
2. Volunteer picking out litter from seaweed and from between the rocks
3. Clean up volunteers walking along beach
4. Tilt up from sacks of collected plastic waste

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5. Aerial mass of floating waste accumulated behind trash barrier in Bosnia’s Drina River ++MUTE++
6. Various of clean up operation on the ground with mechanical grabber picking up waste to put into truck
7. Aerial of river showing how waste covers a whole section of the river

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ARCHIVE: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – 6 November 2023

8. Various of workers collecting vast amounts of plastic waste and sorting through it

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Ottawa, Canada – 22 April 2024
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9.SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Karine Siegwart, Senior Policy Advisor at IUCN
"Plastic now it’s everywhere. It’s in our freshwater. It’s in rivers and lakes…I’m coming from Switzerland. We find microplastic in every lake in the mountains and in the soil, in the air. Plastic is everywhere, and it’s in the bodies of human beings and species and ecosystems are very affected. And we have to be aware that biodiversity and ecosystems they are the basis of society and economies. We are depending really on water that we can drink and, ecosystems that are healthy."

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ARCHIVE: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – 6 November 2023

10. Workers loading sacks of plastic waste onto lorry
11. Close of waste sack full of plastic bottles
12. Wide of lorry and waste sacks still to be loaded
13. Workers gathering sacks of plastic

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ARCHIVE: Motala, Sweden – 9 November 2023

14. Various of state-of-the-art plastic sorting facility designed to receive 200,000 tons of plastic household waste a year

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Ottawa, Canada – 22 April 2024
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15. SOUNDBITE (English) Professor Richard Thompson, Marine Biologist, University of Plymouth, author Royal Society report on plastics technology
"We’ve got dozens of different types of plastic, hundreds of different chemical formulations and many of them are doing the same job and that creates a problem at the end of life, because in order to to increase, you know, recycling, we’re still doing, in my view, a very poor job of, you know, less than 10% of the plastic we produce is being recycled and that’s partly because we failed to design plastic products with end of life in mind. So we’ve got an incredible diversity, a complexity of different chemicals that are used to do essentially the same job. And we’re going to need to strip that back to reduce that complexity if we’ve got hopes of increasing the amount of material that can be circular."

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ARCHIVE: Motala, Sweden – 9 November 2023

16. Various of forklift truck operating in of state-of-the-art plastic sorting facility designed to receive 200,000 tons of plastic household waste a year

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Ottawa, Canada – 22 April 2024
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17.SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Karine Siegwart, Senior Policy Advisor at IUCN
"We are facing a triple planetary crisis. It’s climate, it’s biodiversity loss and pollution. And the negotiations for a plastic treaty is embedded in this triple planetary crisis and should, by its outcome, also contribute to fight this triple planetary crisis."

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ARCHIVE: Moore Reef, Queensland, Australia – 15 November 2022

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