Youth call for action on plastic pollution in new UN video series
Plastic can take up to a thousand years to decompose, young people will bear the weight of this problem. But they can also be part of the solution, say experts. By engaging youth and raising awareness about the challenge, campaigners can bring about a generational shift in the way humanity consumes and disposes of plastics. In the first episode of UNEP’s Uncommon Ground web series, host Juan Pablo Garcia is joined by two panelists – Franco Noriega, a Peruvian entrepreneur, and Elizabeth Wathuti, a Kenyan environmental activist. They discuss how plastic pollution contributes to the triple planetary crisis and what youth can do to change this. To fight the pervasive impact of pollution on society, UNEP launched #BeatPollution, a strategy for rapid, large-scale and coordinated action against air, land and water pollution. The strategy highlights the impact of pollution on climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, and human health. Through science-based messaging, the campaign showcases how transitioning to a pollution-free planet is vital for future generations.