A professional artist by the name of Ben Von Wong has used his artistic abilities to spread awareness on the ongoing problem of plastic pollution. His signature style of using a faucet or “tap” to depict the overflowing of plastic that is being washed into our oceans and on our beaches. Here is an image of one of his works,
This image showing a child on a playground being over run with plastic falling from the sky. Explaining that the impact of plastic isn’t only in the ocean, but even in our own cities and parks.
This year, Mr. Wong was given the chance to speak at the United Nations Climate Change Conference and brought up 10 “calls to action” which read,
1. ELIMINATE NON-ESSENTIAL SINGLE-USE PLASTIC
2. INVEST IN A CIRCULAR ECONOMY
3. FOCUS ON ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
4. ALLOCATE RESOURCES FOR CLIMATE ACTION
5. ADDRESS HUMAN EXPOSURE TO TOXIC CHEMICALS
6. EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ON THE IMPACTS OF PLASTIC – FROM PRODUCTION TO DISPOSAL
7. ADDRESS THE POLLUTION OF WATER SOURCES BY FOSSIL FUEL AND PETROCHEMICAL COMPANIES
8. ADDRESS THE POLLUTION OF AIR BY FOSSIL FUEL AND PETROCHEMICAL COMPANIES
9. PROVIDE EQUITABLE, DEMOCRATIC RECOURSE FOR COMMUNITIES MOST AFFECTED BY PLASTIC POLLUTION
10. TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION TO END THE CLIMATE CRISISArtist Ben Von Wong Urges World Leaders To “Turn Off The Plastic Tap
These 10 points are very critical for addressing these on going issues and can help make smart decisions. Hopefully in the coming months, these companies will put together a plan towards these issues and deal with it in the safest way possible.
Only time will tell with this battle, but thankfully we have teams and people like Mr. Wong who are stepping up and starting to make a difference. I encourage everyone to research and learn more about the global plastic crisis and how help it. And please be sure to check out these sites and read about what is going in our environment.