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Our planet is drowning in plastic pollution (UN Environment Agency)

The Climate Crisis – A Race We Can Win #UN75: Sustainable cities and Plastic-free lifestyle

2020 is the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. In this framework an initiative for promoting dialogue in main global issues was launched to celebrate it along the year. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic marked a disrupting point for the world, compounded by an unprecedented global health crisis with severe economic and social impacts, climate emergency remains one of the most important challenges. The Sustainable Development Agenda urges us to take action to combat climate change (SDG13) which will affect more than 39 million people. Plastic pollution exacerbates climate change and represents a dangerous thread to biodiversity as plastic needs 100 years to degrade in the environment.

According to the World Economic Forum plastic production is expected to double by 2040. Each year, 17,000,000 barrels of oil are used to produce plastic, including 500,000,000,000 plastic bags used yearly. By 2030, greenhouse gas emissions from plastic could reach 1.34 billion tons per year what will affect our capacity to keep the global temperature rise below 1.5˚C. Plastic pollution threats ocean health and marine life as has a strong impact on food safety and quality and human health. Annually, 13,000,000 tonnes of plastic are leak into the ocean and 100,000 marine animals are killed by plastics. Current scientific studies are determining how microplastics can affect phytoplankton’s ability to sequester carbon dioxide.

We need to switch the paradigm and urgent action is needed from the industrial sector but from citizens as well. Single-use plastic products are everywhere and became integral to our daily lives. Actions to slow the flow of plastic at its source and its consumption as well as to improve plastic waste management are needed.

Against this backdrop, Dialogue Café Network would like to join the #U75 discussions promoted by the UN and to address the challenge of plastic pollution by raising citizens awareness and supporting the swift to plastic-free lifestyles.

Guests invited to the online discussion will share policy guidelines, examples of initiatives and advice for reaching plastic-free lifestyles.

Among the participants confirmed:

With the participation of Dialogue Cafe Novi Sad and Dialogue Cafe Lisbon.

The session will take place on Tuesday 10th November 2020 from 15h to 17h London time via cisco webex videoconference system.

Keep posted for further information about the programme.

JOIN IN AND SHARE YOUR IDEAS!

For further information and registration: Dialogue CafĂ© Lisbon – Dalia Sendra (daliasendra@casadoregalo.pt), Dialogue CafĂ© Belgrade – Biljana Vukosavljevic (unaserbia@gmail.com), Dialogue CafĂ© Cidade de Praia – Indira Pires (ipires@institutopedropires.org.cv), Dialogue CafĂ© Évora – Margarida Oliveira/FEA (margarida.oliveira@fea.pt) & Ana Rita Valido/ADRAL (ana.valido@adral.pt), Dialogue CafĂ© Novi Pazar – Haris E. Imamović (Haris Imamovic imamovicharis@hotmail.com), Dialogue CafĂ© Novi Sad – Stefan Radojcic (s.radojcic@pf.uns.ac.rs)

Sources: https://www.unenvironment.org/interactive/beat-plastic-pollution/; https://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2020/02/20/plastic-production-climate-change/; https://www.iucn.org/

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Hi Ashique, Thank you for your interest! Our cycle is finalised but more sessions on crafts will take place at Dialogue Cafe. For instance you can visit our profil in vimeo and attend online some sessions recorded. https://vimeo.com/dcafe Otherwise we plan to publish a book with the recommendations and findings of our discussions on crafts. Keep posted! Thanks again for your interest DC team
daliasendra on 2019.07.29