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Sustainability Reporting by Gwendolen B. White

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Preface

My interest in sustainability reporting comes from being witness to the many detrimental effects of human activity on the natural world. When I was growing up in the 1950s and 1960s on the island of Okinawa, Japan, I spent a lot of time with my family on some of the most beautiful and pristine beaches in the world. Plastic bottles and bags did not exist on the beaches of Okinawa; that has changed. In 2008, on two of Okinawa’s southern beaches, over 150,000 pieces of trash (plastic bottles, bags, and polystyrene) were counted on a little more than half a mile of beach.1 This is like running into 45 pieces of trash on every foot of beach. There is more. A mass of plastic debris about the size of the state of Texas is floating currently ...

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