Biodiversity is all about the variety of life on earth and how to protect it. But the ongoing global summit on this important subject has generated a variety of trash.
An incredible 9.2 tonnes of solid waste was generated during the five-day Meeting of Parties (MoP) which concluded on Friday. This huge waste was generated by over 1,000 delegates from 65 countries in just five days. It includes paper, plastic, metal, glass and food.
When the conference opened on October 1 the waste was mere 130 kg. The next day it increased to 630 kg and the third day touched 2.1 tonnes. On the fifth day when the MoP ended, a whopping 3.4 tonnes waste was generated
For those of you, like me, who are metrically challenged, 9.2 tonnes is equal to 10.1 tons. That's a lot of garbage. With about 1000 delegates attending that's 0.01 tons or 20 pounds of garbage apiece in 5 days. A green conference should be able to do better than that. Much of the waste will be recycled, but it would have been better had it never been produced.