Plastic — made from fossil fuels — lasts literally forever.
All the plastic waste we produce ends up somewhere, be that the street, the landfill or the ocean. DW examines the growing problem of plastic pollution.
In many parts of the world, take-back schemes offer more than just a litter-free environment — they offer an income to those who need it. In the absence of any local recycling system, residents of Shakas Head, South Africa partake in an initiative that rewards them for collecting discarded plastic bottles.
With increased awareness about the problem of plastic pollution, our natural reaction may be to ask, ‘How can I help?’ Beach cleanups are one simple and positive answer, but do they really make a difference? Not necessarily, we learn on a beach in Honduras.
Why did tragedy strike an environmental activist couple in Chile? Who will win the fight over Germany’s coal phase-out and why is the movement attracting protesters from around the globe? Do beach cleanups actually help, or just soothe our conscience? We dig into these tricky subjects on this week’s episode of Living Planet.