Governing Plastics Network

Updates and insights from the war against plastic in seven developing nations

Plastic fuels Climate Change: COP26 and the underrepresented issue of Plastic pollution

What lies behind Net Zero? In her personal account of attending COP26, The University of Surrey’s Lydia Milly Certa asks which topics were left off the main agenda – and why. ‘Plastic fuels Climate Change’. This slogan was printed on the face masks of one the activists who went to COP 26 to put forward […]

Radical Action; Is this what it takes to Beat Plastic Pollution and Climate Change?

Plastic pollution knows no borders so beating it requires all nations and all levels of society to play their part. In the wake of COP26, Hellen Omondi of the University of Nairobi in Kenya looks at what can be learned from the successes and failures of East Africa’s efforts to curb plastic waste. It is […]

Keeping carbon in the ground means tackling plastics pollution

Can plastic be usefully addressed as a man-made extension of the carbon life cycle? The University of Surrey’s Dr Noreen O’Meara argues that learning the right lessons from COP26 requires a more contextualised view of the problems of a fossil-fueled economy and a better understanding of what recycling can and cannot do to help solve […]


How can environmental activists persuade governments to address the issues of climate change and plastic pollution as the inextricable problems they are? Irene Maithya of Kenya’s Moi University looks at two key figures making waves on opposite sides of the Atlantic. Plastic Pollution Scientists are warning politicians and stakeholders immersed in climate change policy not […]

Plastic crisis is climate crisis

In our latest blog on the issues raised by COP26, Dr Francis Oremo of the University of Nairobi explains why addressing plastic pollution and the wider climate crisis requires not just cleaner manufacturing or improved recycling but a complete rethink of our relationship to the planet. The increasingly serious impact of the plastic crisis on […]