Despite the catastrophic nature of plastic pollution, it seems that, like climate change, the political will to implement meaningful legislation to address the problem will only come when the negative effects are so clearly impacting the voting public, it becomes advantageous to do so.
In fact, it already is affecting us – we just don’t realise the extent to which it is.
Plastic, one of the most useful and convenient materials we use, is coming back to haunt us. Charmian Smith talks to Dr Bridie Allan of the marine science department at the University of Otago about the proliferation of microplastics in the ocean and in the fish we eat.
Read the ODT article here: ‘Who thought plastic would be such a problem?’