This paper examines the leakage of plastics and other pollutants into the ocean and the resulting impacts on marine ecosystems, human health and the economy. The paper comments on the kind of regenerative global industry that needs to be built, as well as integrated solutions to reduce all pollutants of the ocean.
The role of science-based targets for measuring progress on ocean pollution is considered in a constellation of solutions to ocean pollution.
‘Leveraging Multi-target Strategies to Address Plastic Pollution in the Context of an Already Stressed Ocean’ launched 27 May 2020 via a webinar ‘Plastic as a Key to Addressing Ocean Pollution’ featuring authors Jenna Jambeck, Ellie Moss and Brajesh Dubey, with opening remarks from Tamaki Tsukada, Japan’s Ocean Panel Sherpa Ambassador and Ambassador and Director-General for Global Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Secretariat team member Liz Hollaway and Blue Paper authors Jenna Jambeck, Ellie Moss and Brajesh Dubey published the WRI blog post, ‘How to Reduce Plastic and Other Ocean Pollution Simultaneously’.
The findings were also featured in a Guardian article, ‘Improve water supply in poorer nations to cut plastic use, say experts’.
The lead authors of this paper are Jenna Jambeck, Ellie Moss and Brajesh Dubey. Contributing authors include Zainal Arifin, Linda Godfrey, Britta Denise Hardesty, I. Gede Hendrawan, To Thi Hien, Liu Junguo, Marty Matlock, Sabine Pahl, Karen Raubenheimer, Martin Thiel, Richard Thompson and Lucy Woodall.