Plastic Pollution is a burning problem for the world of today and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants the world leaders at the forthcoming G20 Summit to assign priority to eradicate the menace. Plastic is a non-biodegradable substance and remains an eyesore in the surroundings. They keep piling up in the oceans, accumulate on the seabed and become a major threat to marine lives. There are instances of dead whales with plastic in their stomachs and of turtles caught in plastic bags.

Mainichi JP reports Shinzo Abe wants to use the platform of the Group of 20 summit in June to “propose and seek agreement on an obligatory action framework to tackle plastic marine pollution.” He wants to announce this in his speech at the World Economic Forum to set the pace. It is necessary to address the issue in order to ensure the survival of marine lives.

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Shinzo Abe will push his idea

The World Economic Forum will meet in Davos, Switzerland, in January and Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan, wants to lead the crusade of tackling the problem, which has global implications. His idea is to use the G20 summit in June as the starting point to contain plastic pollution across the world and work out a framework that will find acceptance of all G-20 participants.

The broad outline of the framework will include topics like the collection and management of plastic waste.

There should be adequate focus for developing plastic products that degrade in seawater. The subject has attracted attention at various forums and there is an awareness among the people. The need of the hour is to remain focused and not be overawed by the magnitude of the problem. The authorities must draw up an action plan and implement it for the sake of a better tomorrow for the future generations.

Tackling plastic pollution is important

According to the Japan Times, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been worried about plastic marine pollution and its ill effects on marine lives.

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He realizes that plastic waste in the world’s oceans is a major environmental crisis and is going out of control. In his opinion, G20 leaders must involve in drawing up suitable action plans to tackle the issue. The intention must be to nip it in the bud by eliminating it at its source. It is possible to achieve this by imposing a ban on single-use plastic products like carry bags, straws etcetera. Some countries have already taken such initiatives, as have companies like McDonald's.