This builds transparency and accountability, which research shows are foundations of a sustainable circular economy in which less is wasted, and more is recycled, repaired, and reused.
Pollution and waste are part of the triple planetary crisis that includes nature and biodiversity loss, and climate change, all driven by unsustainable consumption and production.
To hold back the torrent of trash, experts say everyone can take action. Consumers can buy fewer things while recycling and reusing more. Governments can develop e-waste management systems to collect and recycle, extracting in a safe way some of the estimated $62.5 billion of value from discarded materials. Finally, companies can build products designed to last, not to be replaced, and to be reused.
To fight the pervasive impact of pollution on society, UNEP launched #BeatPollution, a strategy for rapid, large-scale and coordinated action against air, land and water pollution. The strategy highlights the impact of pollution on climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, and human health. Through science-based messaging, the campaign showcases how transitioning to a pollution-free planet is vital for future generations.