TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY Nina Larson
(FILES) Volunteers try to clear a dam which is filled with discarded plastic bottles and other garbage, blocking Vacha Dam, near the town of Krichim on April 25, 2009. Increasing water pollution and dwindling water quality around the globe will be the main focus as around 2,500 experts begin gathering in Stockholm on September 5, 2010 for the 20th edition of the World Water Week.   AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF Foto: Dimitar Dilkoff
An employee of Alba waste recycling company stands next to plastic packaging bundles in the courtyard of a recycling plant in Berlin on December 15, 2011.
AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE Foto: Johannes Eisele
Palestinian worker Mohammed Hajjeh, 28, gathers plastic bottles collected from the northern West Bank and Israel, at a dump site near the West Bank city of Jenin, Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. Workers recycle waste such as plastics and cardboard to sell to factories in the West Bank and Israel, the project is funded by the European Union in an effort to reduce unemployment and poverty in the West Bank. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas) Foto: Mohammed Ballas
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In this picture taken on June 19, 2013 residents are seen at their near a dump site in Manila. The Philippines financial capital banned disposable plastic shopping bags and styrofoam food containers on June 20, as part of escalating efforts across the nation's capital to curb rubbish that exacerbates deadly flooding. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS Foto: Noel Celis
In this picture taken on June 19, 2013 fishermen sit on a garbage filled riverbank at a dump site in Manila. The Philippines financial capital banned disposable plastic shopping bags and styrofoam food containers on June 20, as part of escalating efforts across the nation's capital to curb rubbish that exacerbates deadly flooding. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS Foto: Noel Celis
Plastic bags and other rubbish are collected from the waters of Manila Bay on July 3, 2014 during a campaign by environmental activists and volunteers calling for a ban of the use of plastic bags. Volunteers from various environmental advocates collected and separated assorted plastic rubbish polluting Manila Bay and called for national legislation against plastic bags in observance of the 5th International Plastic Bag-Free Day on July 3.     AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO Foto: Jay Directo
Fishing boats stand anchored as a young girl from a nearby slum rummages through a garbage littered beach in Bombay, India, Sunday, March 13, 2005. Water pollution, according to local fishermen, has severely affected their catch. Plastic bags from domestic waste are caught in their nets instead of fish even in deep sea. (AP Photo/Rajesh Nirgude) Foto: Rajesh Nirgude
Plastic bottles and other waste cover a beach after being washed ashore near the port of Abidjan on August 5, 2015 despite efforts by the government to promote a greener economy by banning plastic bags. AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO Foto: Issouf Sanogo
Children play beside a garbage filled river in Manila on January 23, 2016. Plastic rubbish will outweigh fish in the oceans by 2050 unless the world takes drastic action to recycle the material, a report warned January 19, on the opening day of the annual gathering of the rich and powerful in the snow-clad Swiss ski resort of Davos. AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS Foto: Noel Celis
A picture taken on January 25, 2017 in Septemes-les-Vallons, near Marseille shows a bulldozer in the Valsud dump run by Veolia, as inhabitants complaining about water and soil contamination expect the dump to be closed on 2022.
Provence Alpes Cotes d'Azur Region experiences difficulties in the waste management, struggling with tonnes of non recycled plastic, toxic waste and rubble left on the side of the roads daily. / AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT Foto: Anne-christine Poujoulat
FILE - In this March 12, 2015 file photo, plastic trash is compacted into bales ready for further processing at the waste processing dump on the outskirts of Minsk, Belarus. A new massive study finds that production of plastic and the hard-to-breakdown synthetic waste is soaring in huge numbers. The study says since 1950, industry has made more than 9 billion tons of plastics. That’s enough to cover the entire country of Argentina ankle deep in the stuff. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits) Foto: Sergei Grits
Plastic bottles litter the Ghadir river bed as it pours into the Mediterranean Sea on January 14, 2017 near Beirut's International Airport. / AFP PHOTO / ANWAR AMRO Foto: Anwar Amro
(FILES) This file photo taken on December 19, 2016 shows a tourist walking past debris washed up on Kuta beach near Denpasar on Indonesia's resort island of Bali.
From bags washing up on Bali's beaches to food packaging scattered across roads and clogging waterways in cities, Indonesia is facing a plastic waste crisis driven by years of rapid economic growth. / AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA Foto: Sonny Tumbelaka
A scavenger search for items amidst debris and plastic waste washed out from a river on May 23, 2017 near the Ivorian capital, Abidjan. / AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO Foto: Issouf Sanogo
TO GO WITH Environment-US-Asia-ocean-waste-plastic,FEATURE by Guy Newey
Doug Woodring, an entrepreneur and conservationist who lives in Hong Kong, displays rubbish on May 07, 2009 on a beach on the south side of Hong Kong which has been left uncleaned.  A group of conservationists and scientists is due to set sail for an obscure corner of the Pacific Ocean in the coming months to explore a vast swirl of waste known as the 'Plastic Vortex.' The giant gloop -- which some scientists estimate is twice the size of Texas -- has been gradually building over the last 60 years as Asia and the United States tossed their unwanted goods into the ocean.        AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE Foto: Mike Clarke
IKKE PLASTIC FANTASTIC: Slik ser verden vår ut. FOTO: Scanpix

Vi har produsert 8,3 milliarder tonn plast – det meste ligger i veikanten og havet

Hvis all produksjon av plast hadde stoppet opp i dag, ville det tatt tusenvis av år å bli kvitt all plasten vi allerede har forsøplet naturen vår med.

Du har nok sett det før. Veikanter med søppel så langt øyet kan se. Strender strødd med gammel plast som er skylt opp på land. Mennesker som vasser i søppel i landsbyene sine. Dynger med meterhøye plasthauger. Deformerte havdyr inntvinnet i plast, og senest en hval på Sotra som døde med magen full av vår uforsiktighet.Hvis du ikke har sett det før, ta en titt i bildekarusellen øverst i saken. Siden 1950 har vi produsert 8,3 m