infosheet 7: Environmental injustices and plastic pollution: an example from South Africa

By Kira Erwin, Dylan McGarry & Anna James

“Key human-rights (info-sheet 5) and environmental-justice (info-sheet 3 and 4) issues related to plastic pollution and ocean plastics in South Africa. This case study highlights:

  • knowns and unknowns about ocean plastics in South Africa,
  • incorrect assumptions and messaging about ocean plastics,
  • links between racism, various dimensions of environmental justice and ocean plastic, and
  • human rights implications of current approaches to ocean plastics.

South Africa is one of the largest economies on the African continent, and is also one of the largest polluters of marine plastics. ….”

Main artwork: Margherita Brunori