The GYA Plastic Problem Solution Incubator started work in July 2020. The group start from the concerned observation that plastic, in specific small particles, can be found almost everywhere. What if we could join efforts and find solutions to this problem that affects our environment, and people around the world?
The main goal of this Incubator group is to join existing initiatives worldwide, and align our efforts to reach solutions faster and effectively to problems caused by plastic contamination. Plastic micro- and nanoparticles, can break-off from larger pieces, or come from cosmetics, food packaging, fishing nets, and washed clothes. Even more worrying is the fact that we have little understanding on the effects these small particles have on the human health and the overall impact on the environment.
Activists’ focus (and some governments) is on the plastic litter found in the environment led to less plastic bags usage and collecting floating waste, but focused on marine environments. In parallel, scientist have been distracted from urgent problems, particularly, the much smaller particles we do not see. This is why we hope our idea will mitigate urgent problems NOW.
For GYA members and alumni only: connect to the group, collaborate and discuss with other members on the GYA-internal Agora platform here.
The group will start by working to increase awareness of the most urgent problems that have been identified by previous initiatives, and possibly identify underserved points of attention where the GYA can really make a visible impact.