Posted on 2 November 2021
Consumption of plastics is a major contributing factor to global warming and the climate crisis. Since 1950, the amount of plastic produced globally is estimated to be around 9.2 billion tons. By 2050 it is estimated that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Microplastics in our water are damaging marine life and the fumes released by factory plants have been linked to cancers and other illnesses. The overwhelming consumption of plastic disproportionately damages marginalised communities and so it is clear that, as a social justice issue, the issue of plastics and their impact on the climate emergency deserves a central place in our clinical work.
The conference will include discussion from experts from various fields, including chemistry, business, law and the circular economy, in order to get a full picture of how we can seek out solutions to help mitigate the plastics crisis.
Students and staff are invited to join the conference from 4.30pm to 7.30pm on Wednesday 17 November at the York Law School. The event is free.