PM pledges £60m package to fight plastic pollution at CHOGM

  • PM pledges £60m package to fight plastic pollution at CHOGM

PM pledges £60m package to fight plastic pollution at CHOGM

The fund was announced by Theresa May ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London next week.

"We are joining forces with our Commonwealth partners, bringing together global expertise to stop plastics waste from entering oceans - and by matching pound-for-pound the United Kingdom public's passionate response to the issue, we can make our shared ambition for clean oceans a reality". Vanuatu, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, and Ghana have recently joined the coalition, which means being able to bid for the new funding.

Over £60m has been set aside to take on plastic in the ocean with £25m going towards research to investigate plastic's scientific, economic and social impact on marine wildlife.

Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged £61.4m in funding to turn the tide against ocean plastic, as part of a new initiative from Commonwealth countries to tackle the problem.

In addition, £20m will be earmarked to tackle plastic and other environmental pollution generated in developing countries.

This will protect the livelihoods and health of those that are affected by plastic pollution - while also providing new jobs in some of the world's poorest countries.

To further support the work of the CCOA, £16.4 million will be used to improve waste management at a national and a city level.

"It is a unique organisation with the strength and the commitment to make a difference".

Prof McGeehan said few could have predicted since plastics became popular in the 1960s that huge plastic waste patches would be found floating in oceans or washed up on once pristine beaches all over the world.

Through this ambitious alliance we will build on the UK's world-leading microbeads ban and 5p plastic bag charge to harness the full power of the Commonwealth in pushing for global change and safeguarding our marine environment for future generations.

Each of the countries will be asked to pledge action on plastic waste, from banning microbeads to committing to cutting down on single-use plastic bags.

"Although the improvement is modest, this unanticipated discovery suggests that there is room to further improve these enzymes, moving us closer to a recycling solution for the ever-growing mountain of discarded plastics", McGeehan said.

"Devoting UK global development money to help poor communities clean up and better manage their waste isn't just good for nature, it's good for people too".