Idea #94 & #95 from the EYE2018 Report

The amount of plastic in the world’s ocean is estimated at 150 million tons. That is roughly one-fifth of the weight of all the fish in our oceans. The EU should take action to reduce plastic.

- fund research into alternative materials (such as mushrooms) to make plastic

- promote plastic-free products, notably by providing stores with plastic-free gadgets to give away, for everyday life (bamboo for example can be used for reusable utensils)

- make it mandatory to label products, specifying if a product contains plastic, in which quantity and what kind of plastic ( for example if the plastic is reused or if it has been produced from sources which are less polluting.)

- fund joint teams and projects of engineers, architects and scientists to develop new solutions to clean our seas

- Take inspiration from projects like the Pacific Garbage Screening, founded by Marcella Hansch, who suggested the development of a non-polluting platform that could be installed in rivers and oceans to filter out plastics. In the oceans, such a platform calms down the currents passing through a canal system and as a result, the plastic items, being lighter, slowly rise to the surface. There would be no use of nets, so fish can pass through the platform without danger.

Please answer

1. Why and how would this idea benefit young people?

2. Which groups in society would be impacted by this idea, and how can their different interests be accommodated?

3. What would be the practical steps to implement this idea in your town, your region, your country and/or at the level of the EU?

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Please try to be as concrete as possible when answering the questions, the more in depth you go the more impactful your answers will be!

Comments

In my opinion, the most important solution would be educate and teach to all the society the dangerous problem of the plastic use. If we create a new mentality around the plastic use, it will be easier to reduce the massive use of plastic. In addition, the States and the European Union can promote commercials, campaigns for consciousness-raising about the negative consequences of the plastic use, etc. In conclusion, the most important change will came by the little changes of all the people in their individual life. If the new generations and the young people promote a new plastic-free lifestyle, the next generations will imitante those new ideas. All the society would be impacted by this idea around the education, because the most important thing is to change the mentality of each person. This idea can be promoted in all the cities, States and at the level of the European Union, because the education can be applied at all the levels.

Votes: 9

In my opinion this idea is very importan for in near future of young people and the next generation. The groups in the society that would be implanted with this idea are the mutinational, supermarket. The firts step would be that the Europen Union finance to company that reduces the use plastic in theirs products.

Votes: 9

The main idea is something that the gobernaments of all the countries may do; finance some establish jobs based on the removal of plastic near the beaches. This plastic is really toxic, not only for the oceans and the sea life of them, is also toxic for us. With this jobs, we are contributing to have a different future; maybe better than the one we will have if we continue relasing this massive garbage to the world. 1. Why and how would this idea benefit young people? This idea will contribute to us, to have a better future. The plastic we have in our beaches and oceans, produces cancer and other important illness; that we can get rid of. Also, creating new job places. 2. Which groups in society would be impacted by this idea, and how can their different interests be accommodated? Maybe the important enterprises may get concerned about this fact, but the most impacted by this one, will be the youth. Our future is important and the future of the earth, too. 3. What would be the practical steps to implement this idea in your town, your region, your country and/or at the level of the EU? First, become aware of the importance of the elimination of plastics; an then report on people that will expand this step. Also with some blogs talking about this kind of stuff and also the social media.

Votes: 9