18 August 2018
The Rototom Sunsplash acts a speaker to the problems that we have in front of our eyes but that the day to day and even their normalization prevent us from detecting. Daniel Rolleri, director of the Asociación Ambiente Europeo and Miquel Cañada, promoter of the project Preciòs Plàstic, focus on one of these problems in the debate of the Social Forum “Plastics: life is not disposable” , moderated by the reporter of Atresmedia Jalis de la Serna.
A question that goes far beyond an aesthetic (beaches full of plastics) or an environmental problem. It is about how the human footprint has modified the planet, and how it continues to do so. Daniel Rolleri is responsible for conducting a perfect radiography of a problem that, unlike others such as chemical pollution, is in the hands of the population to end. It’s about rationalizing the things that we do on a regular basis, such as going to buy ham at the supermarket and realizing that it comes wrapped in three different plastic containers: “The problem is what we do with the plastic”.
One of the biggest problems is that it ends up becoming marine garbage, a type of garbage that travels around the planet without limits, which maintains its durability despite the passage of time and can become camouflaged with marine fauna and flora, transporting them to areas far from their natural habitat. It is also fragmented into tiny pieces that can be eaten by the fish that we then consume at home, and this does not disappear. Not only that, marine litter has a multiple impact, both in the ecosystem as in the economy, socially and in our health, but the disproportionate use of plastics is so accepted that we stop being aware of its consequences.
“Our action is vital, but we have to be informed and aware”, says Rolleri. One of the constants of the Rototom Social Forum is that it not only serves to present the problems, but also becomes a tool that proposes solutions. Small solutions that can solve big problems, this is the case of Miquel Cañada through his project Preciòs Plàstic, with which they manage to give a second life (or several) to the plastic, through local and neighborhood actions at an individual level: “Plastic is still alive, it does not disappear”.
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