I was in London yesterday and passing Imperial College. Outside the main building, I saw a large banner saying that the College was now smoke-free. From 1 August 2017, all Imperial campuses and properties became smoke-free. This means that smoking by staff and students is not permitted on or within 20 metres of College land.
I was delighted to see this as when I studied at Imperial I remember stinking of smoke after going to the bar. Of course, this was long before smoke-free legislation came in, but I wonder if we will ever see a time when outside of Imperial there will be a banner stating that it is a plastic free campus?
The evidence against smoking is very damning – smoking kills. And whatever tobacco companies might argue, the evidence is clear. However, the evidence was clear for years, but smoke-free legislation did not come in until July 2007 in England.
There is a growing evidence showing the impact of plastic on wildlife, Sky’s documentary of the Plastic Whale shows this (http://news.sky.com/feature/sky-ocean-rescue-a-plastic-whale-10917187). It is also clear now that plastic is getting into our food also. Just the other day, UK newspapers reported about plastic being found in sea salt (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/08/sea-salt-around-world-contaminated-by-plastic-studies).
I wonder, how much evidence do we need for real change to occur and get people caring about this topic area?