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VOTE YES FOR A PLASTIC POLLUTION-FREE FUTURE!
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Negotiations are underway for a global treaty to end plastic pollution. Unless governments agree on an ambitious and fair treaty with legally binding global rules, plastic pollution is likely to triple by 2040, accumulating in our food and water and exacerbating the risk of flooding. We can’t let this happen. The ‘single’ use of the most harmful and avoidable plastic products is one too many. We need your voice to help us turn this single-use into zero-use.

Rising Tides III Report

Research from 32 countries shows consistently high support among citizens for strong global rules to end plastic pollution. This is against a backdrop of 430 million tonnes of virgin plastic being produced each year, 60% of which is single use.

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AN IMPORTANT MILESTONE FOR PEOPLE AND NATURE

After years of dedicated work, the United Nations' fifth environmental assembly revealed in March 2022 that South Africa would be part of a global and legally binding treaty on plastics. This marks a significant achievement! Throughout 2024, a series of negotiations among global leaders will take place to define the content of this crucial agreement. It is imperative that the treaty’s text reflects our unwavering determination to address the pervasive issue of plastic pollution in all environments in South Africa and the rest of the world.

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WHY DO WE NEED A GLOBAL PLASTICS TREATY?


The problem of plastic pollution is diverse and complex, with various sources contributing to its presence in our environment. While voluntary actions have been taken to limit plastic pollution, the amount of plastic litter is increasing at an alarming rate.

Things like lollipop sticks, sweet wrappers and polystyrene take-away containers ruin our beautiful landscapes and are not necessary. The plastic value chain, including the use of harmful chemicals and additives, exacerbates the problem.

Without a global treaty that tackles the entire value chain, including production, recycling and waste management, plastic will continue unabated. Let us join hands and work collectively to stop plastic pollution for the benefit of people and nature.