PETITION: Help save our oceans.



underwater photo of sea turtle encountering plastic bag(image via Avaaz)

Next week (June 5-9) the United Nations is hosting The Ocean Conference to support the conservation and sustainable development of the world’s oceans, seas and marine resources.

The Conference aims to be the game changer that will reverse the decline in the health of our ocean for people, planet and prosperity.

You can read more about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 14 here.

The Avaaz global campaign network has undertaken an ambitious petition drive with the goal of a million signatures to increase public pressure on the planet’s biggest contributors to the plastic waste polluting our oceans. If Avaaz reaches a million signatures, the Head of the UN Environment Programme will highlight the petition from the UN conference podium, and assist the Avaaz campaign to ban single-use plastics. (Links to more information about the plastic threat are at the end of this post.)

As of this writing 883,364 have signed. Let’s deploy our godless heathen superpowers and help Avaaz get to a million.

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boy on a beach covered in plastic debris

100 MILLION plastic bottles are thrown away every day, choking our oceans in plastic waste. Governments meet in days to outline clean ocean commitments. If a million of us call on top polluters to stop the flood of plastics, the Head of the UN’s Environment Programme will announce our petition to the plenary and use our voices to help oceans breathe again.

Dear friends,

By 2050, our oceans will have more plastic trash than fish.

It’s shameful. Half of the plastic made we use just once and throw out, choking our seas and all the animals in it.

But in days, our governments can stem this tide when they meet at a historic summit to outline their clean ocean commitments. Public pressure just got #2 polluter Indonesia to commit to a 70% reduction in plastic waste! Now we need to go after the other top polluters.

If one million of us get behind a global call, the Head of the UN Environment Programme will announce our petition from the summit podium and work with us to push countries to ban single-use plastics and let oceans breathe again. Add your name:

Click to save our oceans!

No matter where we live, each breath we take connects us to our oceans. Most of our oxygen is generated by them. They regulate our climate and weather, turn water into clouds that give us rain. And oceans provide a home for near 80% of all living things on earth. We can’t live without our oceans.

But now, our oceans can’t live without us.

Humans have destroyed ocean health and we need to fix it. The good news is, more than half the plastic trash in our oceans come from just five nations. If we focus global attention on the biggest polluters now, we can create global system-change for plastic-free seas. What’s missing is the motivation — and that’s where we come in.

Let’s build a massive call on our governments to stop suffocating our oceans. Once we reach a million signers, Avaaz will launch targeted campaigns on the top polluters to ramp up the pressure for them to act.

Click to save our oceans!

Our community has fought fiercely to protect magnificent rainforests and vast areas of our oceans. Now time is running out to kill plastic pollution before it kills us.

With hope and determination,

Dalia, Lisa, Alice, Carol, Danny and the entire Avaaz team

MORE INFORMATION:

The Oceans Are Drowning In Plastic — And No One’s Paying Attention (Huffington Post)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/plastic-waste-oceans_us_58fed37be4b0c46f0781d426

The Arctic Ocean Is Clogging With Billions of Plastic Bits (The Atlantic)
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/04/the-arctic-ocean-is-filling-with-billions-of-plastic-bits/523713/

Even your sea salt is almost certainly contaminated with plastic (Quartz)
https://qz.com/979101/sea-salt-is-likely-to-contain-microparticles-of-plastic-according-to-a-new-study/

Full scale of plastic in the world’s oceans revealed for first time (The Guardian)
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/dec/10/full-scale-plastic-worlds-oceans-revealed-first-time-pollution

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Avaaz is a 44-million-person global campaign network that works to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people shape global decision-making. (“Avaaz” means “voice” or “song” in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; our team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages. Learn about some of Avaaz’s biggest campaigns here, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

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Comments

  1. says

    One form of plastic that many don’t realize is plastic is cigarette filters. Cigarette butts account for 30% of litter in the US, and a large amount of the litter in oceans and on beaches. It takes only one butt to contaminate large amounts of water. Filters don’t biodegrade, the separate into tiny particles and remain in the environment.

    https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/jun/09/why-cigarette-butts-threaten-to-stub-out-marine-life

    The most aggravating part about this is the denial. Smokers I have mentioned this to (including May 31st, World No Tobacco Day) refuse to believe filters are plastic, even when shown to be true. Including smokers who claim to be environmentalists.

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