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6)  Plastic pollution is a pressing environmental concern that requires our collective action. Discuss this statement in the background of Basel Convention on the control of hazardous wastes which recently was amended to include plastic waste. (250 words)

Topic : Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment

6)  Plastic pollution is a pressing environmental concern that requires our collective action. Discuss this statement in the background of Basel Convention on the control of hazardous wastes which recently was amended to include plastic waste. (250 words)

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Why this question:

Recently Around 180 governments agreed on a new UN accord to regulate the export of plastic waste. Thus, it is important for us to evaluate the pressing concern that plastic pollution poses on the environment today.

Key demand of the question:

Analyse in detail how Plastic pollution is a pressing environmental concern that requires our collective action. The growing levels of plastic waste are becoming unmanageable, every year, more than eight million tons end up in the oceans. Thus, we have to analyse the causes and consequences of the same.

Directive word:

DiscussThis is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

In a few introductory lines highlight some facts to justify the current menace of plastic pollution.

Body:

In brief discuss –

  • Start by stating some facts /reports to justify the current conditions of plastic pollution.
  • Highlight the agreement that was reached recently that took the form of an amendment to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Waste and their Disposal, to include plastic waste and improve the regulation of its trade.
  • Identify the Dangers of the Plastic Era – discuss the causes and consequences.
  • Highlight the need for collective action.

Conclusion:

Conclude by reasserting the need to curb and control the menace of plastic pollution and the threat it poses on the environment.

 

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