We need to talk about the global plastics treaty

Nations including India are negotiating a plastic deal that will be signed in 2024. India seems in favour of less ambitious action.

If there’s one problem that unites all nations, people and communities, it is plastic. Who hasn’t seen the brightly-coloured stuff floating about in lakes and rivers, or read shocking data about how much of it we unknowingly consume (about one credit card’s worth in a week)? If a survey were to be done in Indian cities asking people to name the top environmental issue of the day, I bet that plastics would be the majority choice, far ahead of equally or more pressing ones like climate change.

Yet, somehow, few people are aware that an international treaty to decisively …


Nihar Gokhale

Nihar Gokhale led the Chaos coverage at The Morning Context. Nihar wrote on the environment, the economy and resource conflicts in India. He has reported from across the country on everything from displacement, pollution and environmental violations to land regulation, corruption and human rights. He was earlier associate editor at Land Conflict Watch, and his work has appeared in Scroll, The Wire, IndiaSpend, The Caravan and Mongabay India.

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