We life in times of uncertainty and global (dis)Order. „Understanding global mega-trends is crucial. We live in times of multiple, evolving and mutually-reinforcing shifts“, says UN Secretary-General António Guterres. He adds: „These dynamics, of geopolitical, demographic, climatic, technological, social and economic nature, enhance threats and opportunities on an unprecedented scale.“ Therefore
sustainability in troubled times is the key topic of the Global Compact International Yearbook 2017, edited by macondo publishing.
PLASTIC POLLUTION BY THE NUMBERS 35 billion Thrown away: 35 billion plastic water bottles a year in the US 500 billion Approximately 500 billion plastic bags used annually worldwide 40 percent Over 40 percent of plastic usage is in packaging 8 percent Plastics are estimated to account for 8 percent of world’s oil production 250 species Over 250 species known to have ingested or become tangled in plastic $7 trillion A 2002 UN study estimated $7 trillion a year of economic risk from plastic pollution Source: Plastic Oceans 58 GlobalCompactInternationalYearbook2017
THE PLASTIC PLEDGE THE PLASTIC PLEDGE Worldwide plastic pollution is overwhelming our planet. Up to 12.7 million metric tons of plastic ends up in the ocean every year – threatening precious ecosystems and endangering human health. But it does not have to be this way. A growing number of companies are pledging to reduce their plastic consumption. GlobalCompactInternationalYearbook2017 59