Rome (NEV), April 24, 2021 – Earth Day is celebrated in 193 countries around the world on April 22 each year. In this context, the Globalization and Environment Commission (GLAM) of the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy (FCEI) launches a campaign to combat the one-use plastic and substitutes within the framework of the Eco-communities network project.
Starting from an articulated document, entitled “Plastic addiction”, GLAM raises awareness and informs about the microplastics we ingest, about alternative materials, about national and international standards that can somehow bring about an upstream transformation in production systems.
The campaign has two sides, explains GLAM: “one is about lifestyles. The other is the pressure on politics and production”. Health emergency furthermore is worsening the climate emergency: “No Covid repentance – denounces the Commission -, but on the contrary the pandemic has become the excuse for behaviors and choices that are socially and environmentally negative for life on the planet. The throwaway logic must be eradicated “.
GLAM also points the finger at the obligations that Italy and Europe are called to respect. The directive on the use of biodegradable and compostable plastics must be implemented by next July 3. Meanwhile, on 1 July 2021, the plastic tax, a new tax on one-use plastic products, will come into force. May be this will represent a step forward. But all must do their part, otherwise, GLAM warns, the risk is that “the prevailing tactics of Italian politics of not governing, and of Italian entrepreneurship of ‘scraping the bottom of the barrel’ will increase. The consolidated aversion to sustainable innovation (and also, in this case, to social responsibility) pushes the country further down the chain of added value”.