WILL BORIS BE THE 1st PLASTIC FREE PM ?
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COP 26 - Will the PM be the first Plastic Free member of the G20? He's up against some stiff competition. President Joe Biden is also under pressure to do something to curb the rising tide of ocean litter that is killing marine life and poisoning the fish we are eating. In the lead up to COP26, in November 2021, we imagine that plastic and climate change will become linked, is the burning of waste that is producing carbon dioxide at accelerated levels - especially in developing nations.
Plastic as single use bags, bottles, macro and micro fibers are seriously damaging our planet and life thereon. So is carbon dioxide, where credits may be traded as part of the Kyoto and Paris agreements.
At the moment there is no such thing for plastic, but according to the Paris Treaty, each Member Nation has a duty to ramp up efforts to reduce climate change - and where plastic is being burned in developing countries to dispose of it, then it is possible to link carbon dioxide to plastic production.
Carbon dioxide, as the main greenhouse gas, is valued on the open market at (shall we say) roughly $16 dollars per metric tonne. With 4.6 million tonnes of CO2 being generated by developing nations from said burning, that gives us a baseline $73.6 million dollars to trade offset, just from this one example.
We therefore propose that such a scheme should be introduced, the details of which are only suggested at the moment in draft form, such that UK Ministers, the G20 and the United Nations members might have a mesh to flesh out in the creation of new international laws (Treaty):
THE 7 POINT PLAN OCEAN PLASTIC TREATY - ARTICLE 7 (DRAFT)
1. That a Plastic Baseline Index (PBI) should be formulated to be able to value and offset trade plastic per tonne and plastic saved per tonne, in relation to single use and other plastic packaging, where such plastic is not essential to the performance of a product. The object being to create a fund from which the development of a sustainable product delivery system may be better facilitated.
2. The PBI is to be Index 'Cross-Linked' with the Carbon Offset Trading Scheme, where plastic burned in developing nations adds significantly to anthropogenic greenhouse gas output.
3. That in relation to the design of products where the properties of plastic are an essential performance feature, that such products should be designed for recycling, and where recycling is not possible, that the percentage of the product that may not be recycled should attract a plastic tax per tonne in relation to the baseline trading index. (Examples: car bumpers, trims, computers and accessories)
4. That every Member Nation should create a Plastic Monitoring Organization (PMO), for manufacturers to report to in relation to rules 1., 2., and 3., above. That PMO to report data to a/the coordinating department of the UN, that should be created and funded from these proposed actions, with each Member Nation contributing by Agreement (A) or Treaty (T), if not falling under any existing A or T.
5. A move to glass, metal or paper containers, from plastic, should be rewarded in proportion to the volume in tonnes of plastic displaced.
6. Manufacturers of washing machines who introduce micro-fiber filters on their new goods, should be rewarded (able to claim) plastic credits at the rate of each machine sold 'W', multiplied by 2 (family washes) x .02kg (collected micro fibres) x 52 (weeks) x 10 (years lifespan) = 208 million kg x $16 dollars = $3.328 billion dollars. Whereas, machine manufacturers who continue to sell white goods without filters, should be fined a similar amount, based on the average output to any sewage system.
7. That clothing manufacturers who displace plastic fibers derived from oil as the source feed stock, with natural fibers in garments previously sold with a higher plastic content, may benefit from a credit per tonne as per the then currently traded price.
8. Supermarkets who sell their own brand products in plastic wrapping, should pay into the plastic credit trading system per tonne of plastic that falls outside of any recycling and re-processing, such that it is not a sustainable or circular process.
9. Plastic that is recycled should attract a plastic credit per tonne of plastic equal to the $16 dollar baseline index, that is returned into the system, where it reduces the need to manufacture fresh plastic. The aim being to encourage recycling for a circular economy.
10. Fresh plastic that is produced for single use plastic wrapping or packaging, that is not destined for use in an accredited recycling programme, should attract a charge of $16 dollars per tonne baseline price index linked and adjusted for trading, for each tonne that cannot be accounted for.
11. Supermarkets that replace single use plastic wrapping or packaging with paper or other natural packaging products should receive a credit in line with the baseline index, per tonne of plastic displaced.
12. That food and other product manufacturers should have a designated person (officer) to report to a Monitoring Organization in the geographical region of the Member Nation.
13. That beach and ocean cleaning operations should be rewarded at the $Baseline dollar rate per tonne of collected plastic, to encourage and remunerate voluntary, or the creation of commercial clean up organizations, and to monitor beaches and oceans by way of collected data.
14. That these Rules may be the subject of reflection, revision and refinement at least every 3 years, the aim being to ensure CO2 reduction in line with the Paris Treaty, and the elimination of ocean plastic waste.
WHAT ABOUT OCEAN PLASTIC BOJO? - "Your Majesty, we've known about plastic in the ocean for years, but really you can't expect a bunch of Hippies to upset us dumping our rubbish in the oceans at no cost to our economy. We've been doing it for hundreds of years. It's a tradition, the Conservatives always take a short term view - and so far - well, just look, we've racked up £trillions in debt, £30,000 for every person in the UK - and the electorate keep on voting us in. So, we can't be doing anything wrong. They love it. Just think, if we start caring now or explaining about the bogus banking system, our loyal backers will get confused - and start to panic - worried about rocking the boat."
"Thank heavens the aged only find out about the NHS agenda to bury the elderly early as they pile into hospitals in a very vulnerable condition, otherwise, our books would be even more unbalanced. By the time they find out, they are powerless to do anything about it. Chortle. We have a system where they get sent round and round in circles, delaying operations until they finally croak. Job done. Nobody makes a fuss from the grave."
"Oh well done Bojo. Keep that under your hat. But what about the opposition?"
"Your Majesty, the Greens and Liberals can't compare to my level of clowning - that seems to please the crowd. I'm even learning how to juggle and walk the tight-rope - just in case the voters figure things out. That should keep them amused for another term of office. Snigger! And if that doesn't work, I'm practicing hand stands, though finding that a bit difficult."
"And as for that Labour twerp, Sir Keir Starmer, well, he was head of the CPS, or some such thing, you know I'm not to clever on factual quotes. So he's presumably more corrupt in human rights terms, than many other MPs on your Birthday honours list, our justice system being what it is. He'll not make a fuss, or probably even understand the moral implications, so long as the Gongs are handed out for services rendered. You know how honours tend to wipe clean consciences. Hence, Maam, permission to carry on as usual?"
"Yes, okay Boris. But what about the micro plastic in the River Thames? That blasted BBC have been at it again investigating and reporting. Don't they know that some subjects are taboo."
"Your Majesty, indeed, so the Thames is a cesspit and the Beeb are onto us. But what's new about that? Those reporters will soon run out of steam. We'll give them something else to carp on about. I'll see if we can't manage a deflective sex scandal, now that Brexit is fading away. Not me of course Maam, I've been there are got away with it umpteen times. I'm even jumping on the offender bandwagon to whitewash my own moral record. Morals, who needs them. Someone like that chap from Devon, or preferably dirt on the competition. Anyway, at least we are leading the world in something, even if it is the grubbiest river award. It's still an award. So, Maam, permission to carry on as usual?"
"On condition that you at least pretend to give a fig. Now run along Bojo and steer clear of our female staff on your way out."
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