Combat Severe Spike in Plastic Waste

Target: Cho Myung-rae, Minister of Environment, South Korea

Goal: Offer official assistance to activists working to combat a spike in non-biodegradable waste.

Countries across the globe have seen an alarming spike in plastic waste as the COVID-19 pandemic drives demand for bottled water and hand sanitizer, rubber gloves, and disposable medical implements. These items, while essential for protecting public health, have overwhelmed recycling infrastructure in South Korea, resulting in large amounts of waste being released into waterways and wildlife habitats.

In response, environmental activists have developed innovative ways to recycle and repurpose plastic. One of these efforts, to create a tube-squeezing device for the public, relies on volunteers turning in plastic bottle caps, which are typically sent to landfills in significant quantities. While efforts like these have seen notable public enthusiasm, there is as yet little support from South Korea’s government. To ensure that plastic waste is effectively contained and repurposed, official funding and support are vital. To ask that this support be given to activists, sign the petition below.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Cho,

The coronavirus pandemic has caused and aggravated an unprecedented number of problems, many of which will have long-lasting effects on our planet. One of the most alarming of these is the profusion of discarded plastic products which have flooded wild areas and waterways, exacerbating existing problems of pollution.

Many forward-thinking activists in South Korea have responded to this development with intelligent and original methods to gather and reuse waste, but they can’t succeed without help from the agencies best equipped to spread their initiatives. I urge you to offer support to groups working to collect and recycle plastic waste throughout South Korea.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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