Each year, the world produces 300 million tons of plastic waste—nearly the weight of the entire human population. From the depths of the Mariana Trench to the fields of ice in the Arctic Circle, toxic plastic can now be found in every part of the ocean, in the water we drink, and in the air we breathe.
With the incredible havoc wreaked by plastics, it’s no wonder that individuals all around the world are demanding change. In fact, a recent survey found three in four people want single-use plastics to be banned. Now, we need leaders to act. In the coming days, national delegations will meet in Nairobi to consider a new Plastics Treaty to tackle this global problem.
We’re working with a global coalition of partners to get to one million petition signers before the delivery this Friday. We’re only 4,000 signatures away—can you take a moment to add your name?
The United Nations Environmental Assembly Meeting (UNEA) meeting in Nairobi next week will provide an opportunity to establish vital regulations and commitments to address the plastics crisis.
Major polluters are already working to water down the treaty, pushing for it to be non-binding with a focus on waste clean up. In contrast, scientists and environmentalists are urging delegates to make the treaty legally binding and address the full life cycle of plastic–from production to end pollution. Anything less will fail to stem the tide of plastics polluting the planet.
We hope you feel inspired to take action to advance positive change in your community and around the world. Critical wins for people and the planet are within reach if we speak in a unified voice and call on leaders to act.