Scientific Consensus on Climate Change
Observed global warming: Global average temperature datasets from NASA, NOAA, Berkeley Earth, and meteorological offices of the U.K. and Japan, show substantial agreement concerning the progress and extent of global warming: all pairwise correlations exceed 98%
A climate science tipping point is a critical threshold leading to significant and often irreversible changes in the climate system, with profound impacts on society and potential acceleration of global warming. Tipping behavior is observed in various climate elements, such as ecosystems, ice sheets, and ocean circulation. Examples include thawing permafrost releasing methane and melting ice sheets reducing Earth’s albedo. Tipping points, whether abrupt or gradual, are plausible at current global warming levels, with historical evidence of ancient abrupt changes. Concerns arise about surpassing critical tipping points in systems like the West Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets, the Amazon rainforest, and coral reefs, potentially triggering a cascading effect with severe, catastrophic consequences..
The Climate C. Rises ®
The term “Climate crisis” refers to global warming, climate change, and their adverse effects on the planet and humanity. Coined following the release of Al Gore’s film “An Inconvenient Truth” in 2006, its popularity surged, particularly after late 2018. Alongside “climate emergency,” it emphasizes the severity of global warming, aiming to prompt aggressive climate change mitigation. In a January 2020 article endorsed by over 11,000 scientists, it was asserted that the “climate crisis has arrived,” urging significant efforts to prevent extensive suffering. Advocates argue that labeling climate change a crisis may evoke stronger political willpower, emphasizing its urgency. However, some caution that the emotional response it elicits could be counterproductive, leading to a backlash due to perceived alarmist exaggeration.
Mitigating the Crisis
Climate change, driven primarily by human activities such as burning fossil fuels, poses a pressing global threat with far-reaching consequences for economies, humanity, and the planet. The nexus between the Climate Crisis and the use of plastics and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) packaging is particularly significant, surpassing the attention it receives in headlines. The continuous and extensive global transportation of raw materials and goods, facilitated by shipping tanker fleets, aircraft, and road freight, contributes substantially to emissions, necessitating a critical reduction in links within global supply chains. Shifting towards local production and adoption of Sustainable Packaging Chemistry, which involves replacing or significantly reducing plastics in FMCG packaging with degradable materials like paper, emerges as a vital solution. This approach not only addresses waste and pollution but also aligns with the urgent need to combat climate change by curbing toxic emissions. Moreover, using paper as a base material contributes to increased oxygen production and CO2 absorption through photosynthesis, offering a crucial remedy at a time when the Amazon rainforest, historically a carbon sink, is emitting more CO2 than it absorbs. The call to action emphasizes the collective responsibility to be part of the solution and underscores the significance of individual actions in mitigating the environmental crisis.
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What would you say to an industry that processed 99 MILLION barrels of plastic each day?
To the Petro-Chemical Processing industry that is shamelessly choking our atmosphere with no end in sight?
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1. Per a study published in Science Advances 8.3 Billion metric tonnes of plastic has been generated across the world since the 1950’s and only 9% has been recycled. The unrecycled plastic is building up in landﬁlls and slowly breaking down into arguably more dangerous microplastics.
2. The Science Advance study further shows that almost 40% of all plastic ever generated is for packaging purposes.
3. The National Geographic reports that roughly half of all plastic that has ever existed was made in the past 15 years. By 2050, approximately 12 billion metric tons of plastic will be sitting in landﬁlls across the globe
4. Ocean Conservancy estimate that 8 Million metric tonnes of plastic enters the earth’s oceans per year – plastics in our oceans threaten not only the viability of critical marine ecosystems but further impact global food, water and air.
5. Boris Johnson recently stated, when answering questions ahead of the COP26 climate change summit, that Recycling plastic materials “doesn’t work” and “is not the answer” to threats to global oceans and marine wildlife
Graph sources: https://ourworldindata.org/plastic-pollution
2021 Buying Green Report*
- 73% of consumers are willing to pay more for eco-friendly packaging
- 83% of consumers among younger generations showed a willingness to pay morefor sustainable packaging
- 20% of consumers are willing to pay over 10% more
- 57% of consumers are less likely to buy products with packaging that is harmful to the environment
- 67% of consumers ﬁnd it important that the products they buy are in packaging that is recyclable
- 54% of consumers say the sustainability of the packaging is a factor in their product selection process
Source: Trivium Packaging
*The 2021 Buying Green Report is based on a survey of more than 15,000 end consumers across Europe, North America and South America. Within each region, the sample of respondents was representative of the overall population in terms of age, gender and income distribution. Survey questions explored participant behaviors related to sustainable packaging, including their willingness to pay more for eco-friendly packaging, and perceptions of different packaging materials.