Report

May 1, 2019

Plastic & Climate: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet

Publishers: #breakfreefromplastic, 5Gyres, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), Earthworks, Environmental Integrity Project, FracTracker Alliance, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives

Funders: Heinrich Böll Stiftung, 11th Hour Project, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Marisla Foundation, Plastic Solutions Fund, Threshold Foundation, Wallace Global Fund

Language: English

The plastic pollution crisis that overwhelms our oceans is also a significant and growing threat to the Earth's climate. At current levels, greenhouse gas emissions from the plastic lifecycle threaten the ability of the global community to keep global temperature rise below 1.5°C. With the petrochemical and plastic industries planning a massive expansion in production, the problem is on track to get much worse.