Experts debate a National Plastic Health Impact Research Fund at Conservative Party Conference 2021

Common Seas was delighted to host a packed event at Conservative Party Conference 2021 in Manchester.

The event saw politicians, NGOs and some of the world’s leading scientists discuss how a £15 million National Plastic Health Impact Research Fund can be implemented.

Organised by Common Seas, the panel included Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Brendan Clarke-Smith MP, and Dr Stephanie Wright, of Imperial College London, Colin Malaney, of the Conservative Environment Network, and Jo Royle, of Common Seas, were also on the panel with Sky News’ Chief Political Correspondent Jon Craig as chair.

The audience heard how a National Plastic Health Impact Fund will be vital in establishing the risks plastic poses to human health.

Speaking after the event Common Seas Founder Jo Royle said:

“Today at Conservative Party Conference MPs, scientists, and NGOs debated the urgent need for a new National Plastic Health Impact Research fund. We breathe in, drink and eat plastic particles every day. As plastic production skyrockets so does our exposure."

“The scientists are worried that plastic may harm our immune system and increase chronic illnesses, like diabetes and cardiovascular disease."

“We all have a right to know what plastic is doing to our bodies.”

Now Common Seas is leading a coalition of voices calling on the Chancellor to include the Fund in his Autumn Budget on 27 October this year.

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