Day 3 of SEA of Solutions looked at solutions from communities and the local level.
Today at SEA of Solutions 2019, we focussed on promoting local solutions to plastic pollution through policies, technologies, research, innovation, actions and initiatives from national and local government, businesses, communities and youth.
“Bringing the powerful narrative of plastic pollution impacts to the local and individual level, mobilizes change and drives solutions.”
Nagulendran Kangayatkarasu, Deputy Secretary General, Environment and Climate Change, MESTECC
“Multi-stakeholder partnerships at the local level are part of the solution.”
Hidetoshi Nishimura, President, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)
“Educating youth and inspiring hearts means we can work to solve the plastic pollution issue at the roots.”
Alexander Rendell, Managing Director, Environmental Education Centre Thailand (EEC)
"Our earth is our responsibility and we should not be afraid to change. We work with companies, retailers and local communities to ban single use plastics and provide eco-education, green guidelines for restaurants, eco-restoration and many other solutions."
Ralyn ‘Lilly’ Satidtanasarn, Bye Bye Plastic Bags, Thailand
"We believe in education, supporting grassroot projects, making science and research available for all, and nurturing communities. Individually we are one drop, and together we are an ocean."
Katy Waring, Co-Founder, Ecobeast Group
“We are committed to carry messages to create awareness and engagement on the issue of marine plastic pollution through immersive tech, with the collaboration of UNEP and other partners. The power of technology can connect us and open up solutions."
Kay Vasey, Chief Connecting Officer, Mesh Minds
"At Chula Zero Waste we are looking at waste prevention, segregation, collection, organic waste treatment and education. Our single use plastic bag ban has led to four million bags avoided in past three years. Environmental education is vital; we need to promote environmental education into the policy framework."
Sujitra Vassanadumrongdee, Project Manager, Chula Zero Waste
"We bring students to islands which are polluted by single-use plastic waste. This experience gets them thinking critically and engaging in environmental issues. Through clean-up activities and education, we educate, learn, and seek solutions."
Wayne Nicholas Phillips, Lecturer, Mahidol University
"Bangkok River Partners work with hotels and embassies to make constructive and sustainable changes - through the Clean Up Bangkok River Project. Plastic waste impacts the environment, public health, tourism and the economy."
David Robinson, Director, Bangkok River Partners
This publication reviews the development of packaging waste policies and standards in response to the challenge of the growing crisis of plastics leaking into the environment in South-East Asia - particularly the marine environment. The publication identifies the role that policy interventions can play in addressing the growing environmental challenges posed by packaging and packaging waste. It outlines the development of packaging policies in 10 ASEAN countries, stemming from the need to halt the rapid growth of packaging waste, and ensure recovery of packaging material for circular applications.
“Everyone in the Asia-Pacific region should have the opportunity to live a low-carbon and low-waste lifestyle.”
Janet Salem, UNEP
“Solutions mean finding value in plastic and valuing communities. Nothing has no value – communities and businesses are at the heart of change.”
Siriporn Sriram, Programme Officer, IUCN Thailand
“Consumers can drive change and companies who do good things will be rewarded. If we adopt change in our every day lives, we do not even need laws to mandate change.”
Atip Asvanund, Head of Sustainability Development, Social Activities and Academics, Charoen Pokphand Group (CP)
“It is lonely to be a first mover – we encourage joint action.”
Salinla Seehaphan, Corporate Affairs Director, Tesco Lotus
“Plastic pollution needs a human solution. We are seeking more partnerships with governments, businesses and communities to expand our solutions.”
Paola Cortese, Country Director, Plastic Bank, Indonesia
“Change is happening at the local government level because they are at the frontline of waste management and coastal management.”
Aimee Gonzales, Executive Director, Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA)
"Our vision is for the Plastic Smart Cities initiative to be as inclusive as possible – letting new innovations come through and letting communities take action and identify their local solutions.”
Yumi Nishikawa, Regional Plastic-Smart Cities Lead, SEA, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
“We are working to educate and raise awareness in all our residents about local solutions to plastic waste.”
Kazuhide Umemoto, Deputy Mayor, Kitakyushu, Japan
“Our river is vital to the people in the locality, because the river is a source of food and used for washing and bathing. So we find that local people are looking for solutions to preserve the cleanliness of the water - and are therefore incentivised and cooperative.”
Singthong Nunnumsirisawat, Mayor of Wiang Thoeng Tambon Municipality, Chiang Rai