Save Marine Habitats From Becoming World’s Trash Bin

Target: Pirkka Tapiola, Chair of United Nations Environment Programme

Goal: Commit to reducing plastic pollution on global level.

Nearly ninety percent of water-dwelling organisms have suffered under the scourge of plastic invading oceans, rivers, and more. In just a few decades, these dangerous materials will likely quadruple in the oceans because of unrestrained human waste. As a result, marine animals will continue to choke, suffocate, and be poisoned by this garbage. Some of these already-endangered species will never recover.

A key meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) recently concluded with an agreement to work on a treaty concerning plastic pollution. At its best, the treaty could serve as an important benchmark of goals similar to the Paris Climate Accord that pledges countries worldwide to slash greenhouse gas emissions. One proposal put forth for the treaty would likewise commit nations to drastically reducing production of plastic from its current staggering rate of 350-plus million tons annually. This resolution has the backing of many influential businesses. Some countries, however, do not want to make this commitment and instead want to focus only on recycling and other incremental measures. The UNEA has also given itself two years before even producing a final treaty.

Sign the petition below to stress to these global leaders that time is of the essence and that the world needs a comprehensive, full-measure plastics treaty now.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Tapiola,

Actions speak louder than words. The recent proposition of a global treaty to reduce plastic production is a good start, but this pledge must be backed by a complete, enforceable plan. Please honor the commitment to tackle plastic reduction throughout the entire life-cycle. Moreover, make the commitments put forth in the final treaty legally binding so that they are more than hollow, empty promises.

And most importantly, please speed up the timeline for a final treaty. By 2050, plastic trash in marine habitats is expected to quadruple. Microplastics strewn throughout the atmosphere pose a clear and present danger to the health of land-dwellers as well. Every year, month, day, and hour without firm dedication to stop the plastic onslaught is a lost moment where millions of living beings are at dire risk. This treaty deserves urgency.

Do not let species from the essential plankton to the magnificent beluga whale disappear forever.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Marta Ortigosa 


9 Comments

  1. SAVE ALL MARINE LIFE IMMEDIATELY where the NEXT GENERATION will be able to see them and learn about them in person & NOT just IN BOOKS AND FILMS TOO!!!!!!!

  2. TERESA ZAMALLOA says:

    THE PLASTIC MANUFACTURING OF BOTTLES AND FOOD CONTAINERS SHOULD RATHER BE ELIMINATED… INSTEAD OF TRYING TO EDUCATE UNCIVILIZED PEOPLE

  3. INTEGRITY is The Most Endangered Species on the Planet & GREED IS THE MOST PROLIFIC! These corporations will all be singing a different tune when They Are FORCED to Pay for a Worldwide CLEANUP👍

  4. I don’t believe that asking producers and users of plastics will ever foot the bill to clean up their messes. There are too many lobbyists that have the government in their pockets. We as consumers need to make better choices about what we buy and contact companies with our complaints about their use of plastics. Tell them that you will not buy their products until they are free of plastic packaging. There are alternatives. STOP taking plastic to bag your groceries, don’t buy water in plastic bottles and recycle everything that you can.

  5. Bruce Ames says:

    Recently, a poor dead whale was found full of plastic and garbage. Hang the motherfuckers.

  6. Maria Lavorato says:

    Every city, town etc. worldwide should hire clean up. But after that no one should pollute and everyone should rethink purchasing plastic!

    Think of the devastation to wildlife!.

  7. Patricia Leigh Wicker says:

    HELP THESE WHALES AND MARINE LIFE!!! CLEAN UP!!!!!!

  8. American Girl says:

    I’d Love to Help Humanity, Its Just the Humans I Cant Stand!
    (JL) & ME!

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