How ambitious policy can prevent plastic pollution globally, from production to waste trade
A virtual conference by the Break Free From Plastic movement
About the conference
Over the past few years, the EU has taken significant steps forward to tackle plastic pollution, with the adoption of an ambitious Directive on Single Use Plastic.
Several other discussions are also ongoing; with the review of the EU’s waste shipment regulations and new opportunities to address plastic pollution upstream with the EU Green Deal. Furthermore the EU & member states are playing an important role within the UNEA process, where options for a binding mechanism on plastic pollution are being discussed.
The conference will bring together members of the Break Free From Plastic movement, policymakers, members of the press, and citizens worldwide as we come together to discuss how to stop plastic pollution for good. Building off of the key themes of the film The Story of Plastic, we will explore EU and global policy options, in order to find long term solutions to plastic pollution, from production to waste trade and end of life.
A VIRTUAL SCREENING OF THE STORY OF PLASTIC
The Story of Plastic takes a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution and the worldwide effect it has on the health of our planet and the people who inhabit it. Spanning three continents, the film illustrates the ongoing catastrophe: fields full of garbage, veritable mountains of trash, rivers and seas clogged with waste, and skies choked with the poisonous emissions from plastic production and processing.
The film exposes the impacts of plastic production and waste trade on the local populations, and showcases the work of activists who are implementing solutions and advocating for policy action, culminating at the global level with the ask for a Global Treaty on plastics that would tackle pollution along the entire value chain.
How to watch the film: A VOD link to watch the film will be sent to the participants in advance and an online screening will also be organised during lunchtime, just before the conference.
12:00-13:35 Screening of the Story of Plastic
14:00 Introduction: Delphine Lévi Alvarès, Coordinator of BFFP Europe and Rethink Plastic alliance
14:05 Keynote by Journalist & Author, Dorothée Moisan
14:30 Simultaneous panel discussions
1. Panel 1 - Petrochemicals, Plastic Production and the EU Climate Agenda
Moderator: Lisa Tostado, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union
2. Panel 2 - Global Treaty on Plastics
Moderator: Christina Dixon, Environmental Investigation Agency
3. Panel 3 - Waste Trade
Moderator: Sirine Rached, GAIA
15:45 Closing remarks: Delphine Lévi Alvarès, Coordinator of BFFP Europe and Rethink Plastic alliance & Justine Maillot, Rethink Plastic alliance
16:00 End of Conference
Please note: all the sessions will be recorded for access afterwards, so the event is therefore not following Chatham House rules.
Communications Officer Europe, Break Free From Plastic
Communications Officer, Rethink Plastic alliance
Head of Programme - International Climate, Energy and Agricultural Policy, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union
Member of the European Parliament , Groupe Renew Europe
Energy Strategist , Carbon Tracker
Senior Ocean Campaigner , Environmental Investigation Agency
Staff Attorney, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)
Dr. Hugo-Maria Schally
DR Environment, European Commission
Senior Lecturer, The University of Rwanda (UR), College of Science and Technology (CST) in the School of Science (SoS) in the Department of Chemistry
Global Policy Advocate, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA)
Senior Lawyer, Environmental Investigation Agency
Dr. Sedat Gündoğdu
Associate Professor of Marine Biology, Microplastic Research Group, Faculty of Fisheries Cukurova University
Gael de Rotalier
Team Leader, European Commission
Delphine Lévi Alvarès
Coordinator, Break Free From Plastic Europe & Rethink Plastic
Policy Coordinator, Rethink Plastic
Visual Harvester/Recorder, Carlotta Cat
Journalist & Author,
Sam Van den plas
Policy Director, Carbon Market Watch
Thu, 29 Oct 2020
Thu, 29 Oct 2020