Plastic - the useful killer in our midst- a panel discussion

7pm, Wednesday September 19, 2018
Members: free, Non-members 450 Baht, Thai journalists and Students with valid ID: 150 Baht
Plastic has helped change the way we all live for the better in many respects, but its careless disposal and widespread mismanagement has also produced one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time.

The impact of plastic pollution is particularly and damaging in our shared oceans, with islands of waste already floating in eternal currents, microplastics detected in our polar regions, and discarded fishing nets that will cull marine stocks for centuries to come. Some researchers believe there will be more plastic than fish in the seas by 2050.

Studies also show that microplastics have found their way into the food chain, raising concerns about what long-lasting impact plastic ingestion could have on the health of humans and other creatures, starting with plankton. Undoubtedly a global problem, marine plastic pollution is largely Asian in origin. Countries in this region, including Thailand, are believed to contribute over 80% of the plastic waste finding its way out to sea.

Can anything be done? Perspectives from government, academia, business, and the multilateral space will discuss how we can seriously address this complex existential challenge.

Confirmed panellists:

Wijarn Simachaya, permanent secretary, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE);

Thon Thamrongnawasawat, assistant professor, Kasetsart University
Kakuko Nagatani-Yoshida, regional coordinator for chemicals, waste and air quality, UN Environment Programme; and

This event is being held with the help of the United Nations Environment Programme during Transforming Asia-Pacific (17-20 September), which will bring together government leaders, industry experts, and civil society organizations working toward a resource-efficient Asia-Pacific.

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