Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today (Wednesday 22 April, Earth Day) highlighted the need to revisit legislation on plastic pollution after the coronavirus crisis. Mr Carmichael was planning to reintroduce a Bill on plastic pollution on this day before the crisis hit. Last week the government announced that it would delay by six months the ban on plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds in England which was supposed to be implemented this month.
Mr Carmichael said:
“Earth Day is an important reminder of the responsibility we have to live more sustainably. In more normal times I would be reintroducing my Plastic Pollution Bill today in Parliament. These are not normal times but we can still reflect on our future priorities for the environment.”
“While understandable, the delay to the introduction of the plastic straw ban is disappointing. If we have learned anything from the past weeks it is that “business as usual” is not the way forward.
“Coronavirus rightly occupies our attention right now but there will be a world after the virus is gone. When that happens, plastic pollution – and this Bill – deserve greater consideration than they have had to date.”