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Plastic fantastic?

Plastic waste has become a constant, growing problem in the Earth environment. It kills wild creatures, litters beaches, reserves and streets, as a multi-coloured, land, water or air borne eyesore almost everywhere. How do we stop the flood?!

Plastic looks like the biggest single kind of pollutant from humankind’s expansion, because of its wide distribution, physical prominence and lack of a terminal use (accumulation). But more of humanity’s pollution goes unseen.

Plastic is organic carbon and represents mined fossil fuel, that as a principle warms the planet through greenhouse gas releases. We must find a different way of delivering production, to help stabilise the climate, protect ocean life and reduce weather event risks like drought, fire, storm, flood and freezing.

Campaigns to limit or remove plastic ‘single-use’ product have begun in earnest. Multiple uses of plastic products are more the norm, such is its versatility and deep embedding in the modern economy. (‘Futurist’ economy is very different.)

So how should we respond? We can always buy less and find alternative products to those coming plastic-wrapped. But in many ways now, time/choice is limited. Plastic’s role in economies is unique: highly malleable, light and strong material with low immediate cost. The cost accrues long-term and needs full accounting.

When, as a group of mostly Mairehau High School friends, in 1979 we renamed our formative punk band The Plague, as Plastic Impact, we were onto an emerging and serious trend. The question remains, only more urgent today – how to reduce plastic impact upon good planet Earth?*

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Campaigns

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Graphics source: https://rebellion.earth – #XR

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http://www.greenpeace.org.nz : Solarise NZ & make oil history

https://www.greenpeace.org/new-zealand/act/plastic-free-nz-2/

Slovakian coal protesters face jail –
https://www.greenpeace.org/new-zealand/press-release/update-greenpeace-activists-denied-bail-facing-months-in-jail-awaiting-trial/ – an ‘XR’ action e.g.

https://www.greens.org.nz/trash-into-cash – too little too late?

https://www.greens.org.nz/page/climate-change-policy – ‘contraction and convergence’ etc – formal, mandated tackling (2017-20..?)

Solutions / more info

https://plastics.americanchemistry.com/

https://www.americanchemistry.com/Energy-Recovery/

Energy recovery from pyrolysis of plastic waste: Study on non-recycled plastics (NRP) data as the real measure of plastic waste –
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0196890417305915

https://www.livescience.com/52249-tech-exists-to-turn-plastic-to-fuel-if-communities-demand-it.html

Replacing coal use now, as much as possible using plastic waste as an industrial feed-stock, makes good sense – it recycles the fossil carbon and gives the waste a value that will remove it from waste streams and dumping.

Keep coal in the ground, reduce new oil use to the greatest extent possible (from fractionated plastic etc.). Transition to battery, solar energy and biomass renewable fuels, for indispensable motor transport.

We must have new industry along these lines, as well as completed use of all plastic. Inert, it is sequestered carbon though far too often abandoned junk.

We are surrounded by green leaves, wood, and now plastic – fragmenting down to micro particles everywhere – the Anthropocene habitat of carbon artefacts? …

Park it safely or get rid of it properly – with safe technological processing. But either way, replacing plastic manufacture is no less challenging that the climate crisis it relates to.

The idea of stopping plastic production is a very long stretch, given the economic powers holding sway and the constrained budgets and choices of consumers they ‘serve’. We have to think very big on this one. Everyone is involved, so must be.**

https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-news/109167147/humans-blazing-similar-path-to-cause-of-ancient-mass-extinction

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Kia ora, kia kaha (be well, be strong)

Article author: natural autonomy N/A

* A musical ‘plastic’ reference from our era, that influenced our choice of band name satirically, was Plastic Bertrand and his 1977-78 hit song.

** NZ’s role in the Malaysian plastics dumping ground RadioNZ 23Sep’18

Disposal of plastic waste needs urgent rethink – report RadioNZ 3Dec’18

Hard truths about recycling – it’s mostly PR Opinion, RadioNZ 4Dec’18

New notes, 261218..

Plastic Fantastic BBC4 UK

UK Plastics Pact “trailblazing, collaborative initiative that will create a circular economy for plastics. It brings together businesses from across the entire plastics value chain with UK governments and NGOs to tackle the scourge of plastic waste.. By 2025, The UK Plastics Pact will transform the UK plastic packaging sector by meeting four world-leading targets” Waste and Resources Action Programme wrap.org.uk

RT7000 Thermal Cracker & Distillation recyclingtechnologies.co.uk

“Globally as little as 5 percent of plastic was ever recycled, meaning recycling would never address the problem.. there is predicted to be a 33 percent increase in fossil fuel based plastic production in the next five years” Stemming plastic production should be focus, says researcher RadioNZ 29Dec’18

Global Olivine “uses sixteen discrete, integrated, sustainable processes to turn your trash into cash for you. Waste is a resource” Warwick Davies et. al. Ackd

6 momentous stunts by environmental movement Extinction Rebellion HITC.com Dec18

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ECan-CCC quash commuter rail initiative

The Press graphic of proposed Mid-Canterbury commuter rail system, 2017

The Press graphic of proposed Mid-Canterbury commuter rail system, 2017

Committee nixes ‘grassroots’ commuter rail plan for Christchurch, but option not ruled out completely – The Press, 18 May 2017 – http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/92688088/committee-nixes-grassroots-commuter-rail-plan-for-christchurch-but-option-not-ruled-out-completely

Christchurch City elections 8.10.2016

Sustainable Canterbury is campaigning to contest the Christchurch City Council elections in October. If you wish to support this campaign, or to take part in organising meetings, please email sustainablecanterbury@gmail.com

Policy principles

* Environmentally sustainable economics and infrastructure

* Local democracy that is real, giving voice to community values and goals

* Representation that is real and local, free from national party politics

* Cultural diversity and gender equity are strengths that we build with

* Youth opportunity for training and employment

* Respect for contributions made by older citizens; care for the disadvantaged

* Recognition and support of communities, damaged in 2016 and earlier, to be surveyed on the engagement performance of council; if found negative, restore community organisation through decreased councillor and committee numbers and increased CCC service output

(more to come)

Haere mai, do join us!

Kia ora

Background: ccc.govt.nz/elections

Occupy Christchurch speak

Helping a legitimate and peaceful housing protest – and global movement for democratic progress and sustainable change – to get back on track: Occupy Christchurch speak: #OWS O:Chch « Rik Tindall blogs + The last tent comes down at Occupy Christchurch – day 164.

SCMW September meeting ~ light rail ~ 12.09.2011

Monday 12 September 2011, 7.30pm at WEA. Public Forum:
Presentation – Light rail transport options for Christchurch – by Richard Worrall. All welcome. More details on meeting page.

Refs. Get on the right track with city rail The Press 12/09/2011 and

Christchurch transport plan ‘risky’ 15/10/2011 :

A transport plan for a rebuilt central Christchurch has “considerable risks” and should not be approved without wider consultation, Environment Canterbury (ECan) says.

At this week’s draft central-city plan hearings, ECan chief commissioner Dame Margaret Bazley told city councillors there were “considerable risks” in the transport proposal laid out in the plan.

Changing the single transport hub system to one with multiple stations was a “substantial call” that needed careful consideration, she said. “Journey times, reliability and simplicity are all factors that are fundamental to the use of public transport to, from and through the central city,” she said.

“Moving away from the single-interchange model could jeopardise each of these.”

She said proposed street closures and changes from one-way to two-way streets could have a negative impact on public transport.

The final transport plan should account for the significant residential growth predicted for the Hurunui, Waimakariri and Selwyn districts, she said.

ECan supported the city council’s proposed investigation into a light-rail network, but it needed to ensure the links would attract enough passengers to cover costs.

Bazley said the council should also consider establishing other public transport corridors throughout the city to cater for future demand.

A final decision on the city’s transport plan needed to be made in consultation with ECan, the Selwyn and Waimakariri district councils and the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, she said.

– The Press