Plastic Waste – USAID Launches “Save Our Seas Initiative”

In a June 22, 2022 news release the US Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a “… new flagship initiative to combat ocean plastic pollution globally—the Save Our Seas Initiative. The initiative will include $62.5 million in initial funding and will launch 14 new country and regional programs in key countries and regions … Each year, 11 million metric tons of plastic pollution enter our oceans … This rate is expected to double by the end of this decade and triple by 2040—threatening the world’s delicate marine ecosystems, major industries such as fishing and tourism, food security, and ultimately human health. Once plastic is in the ocean, it is very difficult and expensive to remove. Therefore, USAID focuses on preventing plastic from getting into the natural environment in the first place. USAID is combating ocean plastic pollution by creating inclusive circular economies together with local and national governments, communities, and the private sector …” #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic #Recycling @USAID