Protect Island Paradise from Deadly Microplastics

Target: Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, President, Republic of Maldives

Goal: Protect the ecosystem of the Maldives by cleaning up and preventing future microplastic pollution.

The Maldives has been named the microplastic capital of the world, bypassing previous leader Tamil Nadu, India. The islands’ waste has increased by over 58% and microplastics line nearly every shore. These deadly plastics pollute the ocean, destroy reefs, and choke wildlife.

A lack of waste management has resulted in an influx of microplastics. Water bottles are the most common culprit, along with textiles and clothing. They decompose in the ocean, wash up on the sand, and are ingested by sea life like turtles and fish. Once a tropical paradise, some portions of the Maldives have been transformed into “waste islands.”

Without waste reduction plans and waste management processes, pollution will only grow. Demand a change. Demand a cleanup. Demand that the government step up and put together waste management plans that will protect the islands, the oceans, and their unique ecosystems.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Solih,

The Maldives is now the world’s microplastic capital. Bottles, textiles, and clothing litter the beaches, destroy reefs, and choke sea life. Without a change to waste management and waste reduction policies, this pollution will only grow worse.

Don’t let the tropical paradise of your islands turn into a plastic wasteland. Help prevent deadly microplastics from destroying your beaches and the unique species that call them home.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Hans Braxmeier




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