Viewpoint – Ocean plastic pollution: A convenient but distracting truth?

Authors: Stafford, R. and Jones, P.J.S.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/31737/

Journal: Marine policy

Publisher: Elsevier

ISSN: 0308-597X

DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2019.02.003

Ocean plastic is a contemporary focal point of concern for the marine environment. However, we argue there are bigger issues to address, including climate change and overfishing. Plastic has become a focus in the media and public domains partly through the draw of simple lifestyle changes, such as reusable water bottles, and partly through the potential to provide ‘quick fix’ technological solutions to plastic pollution, such as large scale marine clean-up operations and new ‘biodegradable’ plastic substitutes. As such, ocean plastic can provide a convenient truth that distracts us from the need for more radical changes to our behavioural, political and economic systems, addressing which will help address larger marine environmental issues, as well as the cause of plastic pollution, i.e. over-consumption.

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Authors: Stafford, R. and Jones, P.J.S.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/31737/

Journal: Marine Policy

Volume: 103

Pages: 187-191

ISSN: 0308-597X

DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2019.02.003

© 2019 Elsevier Ltd Ocean plastic is a contemporary focal point of concern for the marine environment. However, we argue there are bigger issues to address, including climate change and overfishing. Plastic has become a focus in the media and public domains partly through the draw of simple lifestyle changes, such as reusable water bottles, and partly through the potential to provide ‘quick fix’ technological solutions to plastic pollution, such as large scale marine clean-up operations and new ‘biodegradable’ plastic substitutes. As such, ocean plastic can provide a convenient truth that distracts us from the need for more radical changes to our behavioural, political and economic systems, addressing which will help address larger marine environmental issues, as well as the cause of plastic pollution, i.e. over-consumption.

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Authors: Stafford, R. and Jones, P.J.S.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/31737/

Journal: MARINE POLICY

Volume: 103

Pages: 187-191

eISSN: 1872-9460

ISSN: 0308-597X

DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2019.02.003

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