JUNE 5th, 2018 was World Environment Day, which is the ‘people’s day’ for doing something to take care of the Earth.
The Saint Lucia National Conservation Fund (SLUNCF) joined its partners in Saint Lucia, the Caribbean and the rest of the world in celebrating the day, as the momentum in global efforts to address plastic pollution surges.
In what is framed as the first comprehensive review of ‘state of plastics’, UN Environment has assembled experiences and assessments of the various measures and regulations to beat plastic pollution in a report: ‘Single-use Plastics: A roadmap for Sustainability’.
The report analyses the complex relationships in our plastics economy and offers an approach to rethink how the world produces, uses and manages single-use plastics.
The report cites the fundamental need for broader cooperation from business and private sector stakeholders, offering a roadmap for upstream solutions, including extended producer responsibility and incentives for adoption of a more circular economy approach to plastic production and consumption.
It is against this background that the SLUNCF welcomes the opportunity to work with public and private sector agencies, NGOS and CBOs in Saint Lucia to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on our environment and natural landscapes, our flora and fauna and our own health.
We stand ready and willing to finance projects that will help reduce our dependence on plastics and the pollution arising from such use!