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Plastic pollution is flooding our planet, harming people’s health!

By Lerato Tsotetsi

We are living in a plastic pollution crisis.

Plastic pollution is flooding our planet, harming people’s health, accelerating social injustice, destroying biodiversity, and fueling the climate crisis. But right now, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to tackle plastic pollution on a global scale!

In just a few days, African and global leaders are recommencing United Nations negotiations for a Global Plastics Treaty — an agreement that, if ambitious enough, could dramatically reduce plastic production and force Big Brands to transition to systems of reuse and refill. Will you help grow the movement even bigger by watching and sharing our video calling for a strong and ambitious Global Plastics Treaty?

It’s urgent that world leaders get this treaty right! Not only is 99% of plastic made from oil and gas — fueling the climate crisis, but single-use plastic is harmful throughout its entire lifecycle. It exposes people who live on the frontlines of fracking sites, next to incinerators, or in highly polluted regions, like the Global South, to a range of harmful chemical pollutants.

Despite the damaging impacts of single-use plastics, Big Brands and the petrochemical industry want to keep making more!

That’s why securing a strong and ambitious treaty is critical, but it’s going to be a long, hard challenge. Industry will certainly try to weaken the ambition of the treaty. Plastic is big money, and their future depends on pumping out more and more of it.

But with people power and an unstoppable global movement, we can win! More than 1.1 million people around the world have already signed the petition to world leaders — asking for a strong Global Plastics Treaty. Will you help amp up the pressure during this crucial moment?

We demand a treaty that keeps oil and gas used to produce plastic in the ground, stops big polluters with their relentless plastic production, and ensures a just transition to a reuse-based economy that centers the interests of communities most affected.

We need an ambitious Global Plastics Treaty to turn off the plastics tap and, finally, end the age of plastic — our community, climate, and planet’s future depend on it!

The time for action is now.

 

 

Mzukona

Mzukona Mantshontsho is the founder of Nyakaza Media Solutions. Nyakaza Media Solutions is an organisation that was established to help community organisations, business entities, and schools to research, write, document, report, analyse, edit, publish newsletters or bulletins in hard-copy, on-line and maintain websites with the relevant content as per the editorial policy of that organisation, school or entity. Nyakaza Media Solutions has a vision to promote and bring dialogue to communities, businesses and schools about issues that affect them. Nyakaza Media Solutions is on a mission to develop and encourage communities, businesses and learners to celebrate the good, applaud excellence, welcome growth, strive to be better individuals, businesses and communities, want more knowledge, discourage bad and counter-productive behaviour as well as communities, businesses and learners that want to be great SOUTH AFRICANS. Nyakaza Media Solutions is making use of Yo School Magazine as a platform that learners in all schools to make use of to write their stories.

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