Act Now to Rid the Oceans of Plastic Trash

Target: Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Goal: Commit to a U.N. agreement to reduce plastic waste in order to protect our oceans and marine life.

The world’s oceans are getting choked with plastic goods and byproducts. To address this growing crisis, over 200 nations recently signed onto a United Nations resolution to reduce disposable plastic waste. Notably absent from this list was the United States, China and India. Without the support of global superpowers like the U.S., countless species of marine wildlife and the overall health of our oceans will be put at risk.

Virtually all forms of plastic pose a severe environmental threat to ocean life. Balloons and plastic bags, for example, are frequently swallowed by sea turtles who confuse them for jellyfish, their typical prey. So-called microfibers from synthetic fabrics also pose a hidden threat, filling the stomachs of fish with tiny plastic particles and poisoning them. With biodegradable and alternative materials available or in development, it is important that governments do all they can to cut back on the unnecessary use of plastic and to control how much ends up at sea.

Future generations and current ocean inhabitants deserve to have cleaner oceans. Sign the petition below to demand that the U.S. commit to cutting back on disposable plastic waste wherever possible.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Pruitt,

While convenient and cheap to produce, nearly all forms of plastic are extremely harmful to the world’s oceans. The threat comes not only from disposable plastic bags and straws that end up inside the stomachs of many aquatic creatures, such as sea turtles, but from microplastics and fibers originating from a wide variety of plastic goods. Unless we greatly cut back on the amount of disposable plastic we produce and dump back in the environment, it is likely that our oceans will end up resembling lifeless deserts.

We must join global efforts, such as those proposed recently by the United Nations’ meeting in Nairobi, to stop producing unnecessary disposable plastic waste. We, the undersigned, demand that you call on businesses to use alternative, biodegradable materials wherever possible and to enact regulations designed to prevent plastics from entering our seas.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Alain Bachellier

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5 Comments

  1. Plastic is the worst invention ever! It is toxic to everything! But America land of needy greedy people do not care about anything! Sad!

  2. Plastic is useful but too much of it is bad. Please we really need to clean up both the ocean and land and do more in part of recycling. It’s terrifying and saddening to see so much pollution, if you want to, google the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch.”

  3. end the plastic on earth to clean up the important oceans.

  4. Lisa Allred Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared❗️😢

  5. It comes down to mass-education! And basic education is not possible to most of the very populated regions of our planet.
    Leaders fail to lead!

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