by 👨💻 Adam Yardley
There have been movements made in recent weeks which suggest that the world’s fight against rising plastic waste has never been more active – with the European Parliament having recently offered up an outright ban on single-use plastics, and with UK Prime Minister Theresa May confirming that Britain will aim to be avoidable plastic-free by 2042, it’s clear that this is a cause plenty are getting behind, and for good reason. It’s largely thanks to the prominence of TV shows such as David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II and widespread media reports which have helped to show just what our plastic refuse is doing to the world around us.
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However, a high profile green campaigner and company founder has claimed that the fight against plastic could be taking a dangerous priority over the fight against climate change. Guy Singh-Watson, who founded Riverford Organic Farms, claims that more of the world’s green focus should be aimed squarely at cutting down on carbon emissions. Singh-Watson’s comments come at a time where concern over climate change is ever-building – and with many pro-climate change research worried that government forces are taking little action in what is a very real fight.
Singh-Watson, however, is more concerned that plastic is also being demonized in the process. “Plastic is not in itself an evil material, it is the fact that we use so much of it,” he states. “The biggest environmental challenge facing our planet is climate change – and anything that distracts attention from that is potentially dangerous.” Singh-Watson’s firm is responsible for shipping almost 50,000 vegetable boxes to homes across the UK each week – and they have confirmed that they will aim to be using compostable plastic only by the year 2020.
Various governments and bodies have committed to reducing plastic waste following wide concern over its effect upon our wildlife and oceans. However, Singh-Watson’s concerns that climate change is being pushed to one side will likely be supported. Both plastic waste and global warming are very real concerns which will need continued investment, both in terms of physical support and in terms of financial input, if we are to protect our planet for centuries to come. In many ways, damage has sadly already been done – but we can help to protect the world around us for generations ahead of us to enjoy – long after we are gone.
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