I was pleased to hear that yesterday the Prime Minister Theresa May pledged to eradicate all avoidable plastic waste in the UK by 2042. The commitment is part of the government's 25-year plan to improve the natural environment and I hope it is the first step towards a more robust attack on plastic on a governmental level. (Says my optimistic side, as I am tired of all those negative vibes...)
Under the government's plan, supermarkets will be urged to introduce "plastic-free" aisles while taxes and charges on single-use items such as takeaway containers will be considered. (I am still a firm supporter of the introduction of deposits on all plastic bottles, mind you!)
While the plan has been broadly welcomed by environmental groups, it has also drawn criticism.
There is a lot more to be done, of course: the need for legislation to curb behaviours that result in pollution, for example. 'If you want to have a vision to not just protect the environment but improve it, you need ambitious new laws to do that.' said Stephanie Hilborne, chief executive of The Wildlife Trusts. And who wouldn't agree with her.
In the meantime however, there is no other way, we just need to pick up the rubbish whenever and wherever we see it…
Another Kind of Armageddon I-III (Seaside Goddess) acrylic on board, plastic sushi-fish, gold paint, exhibited first time at the SWA annual open exhibition in 2017.
"The predicted impact of accumulating pollution: In 33 years’ time the weight of plastic waste in our oceans could outweigh all the fish... " as the title label stated.