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Jakarta Post

Indonesia in UN spotlight over plastic marine debris

  • Arif Gunawan S.

    The Jakarta Post

New York   /   Wed, June 7 2017   /  12:06 am

If the world populace — especially Chinese and Indonesians — keeps littering the Earth with plastic waste, we might see more of the fossil fuel-based polymers swimming in our oceans than fish in the next 33 years.

That was what United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres warned of in his remarks during an Ocean Conference plenary meeting at the UN headquarters in New York on Monday.

“Pollution, overfishing and the effects of climate change are severely damaging the health of our oceans. According to one recent study, plastic could outweigh fish, if nothing happens, in our seas by 2050,” he said.

Plastic debris was one of the main issues addressed in the UN’s maiden Ocean Conference.

It puts Indonesia in an awkward situation because the country holds the status as one of the main culprits yet must help lead the fight against marine debris.