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Demand a Strong Global Plastics Treaty

237,681 signatures. Let’s get to 250K

The plastics crisis is an environmental justice and climate change catastrophe — for our physical health and the world we live in. Only swift, meaningful action will save us now. 

Each year, the world produces 350 million tons of plastic waste — more than the weight of the entire human population — with devastating effects for human and climate health. Social injustice is a part of the narrative, too: The people and communities most affected by plastic production and pollution are disproportionately the most vulnerable and least culpable. 

Delegations have committed to creating a legally binding treaty that covers the entire life cycle of plastic and centers on frontline communities — but we must speak up to ensure that they adhere to this framework and create policies that address the global plastics crisis with the urgency it demands. Research shows that such policies may include:

  • A mandate for minimum recycled content in new products

  • A limit on virgin plastic production 

  • Large investment in waste infrastructure and recycling capacity, and

  • Significant reductions in single-use packaging and additives

Fueled by the powerful oil and gas industry — which has committed hundreds of billions of dollars to expanding plastic production — consumers have been sold on a myth that recycling is a comprehensive solution. In truth, every minute, a garbage truck’s worth of plastic clogs up and pollutes the ocean, and as many as 51 trillion pieces of plastic choke every square mile of those precious waters. Still, less than 10 percent of plastics produced are actually recycled. Without action, there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050.

The human consequences are equally severe. Plastic production and pollution releases vast arrays of toxic substances, increasing the risk of cancer and other devastating health issues. In production hotspots like Cancer Alley in Louisiana, which is home to over 150 petrochemical and plastic production plants, the risk of cancer from air pollution is 95 percent higher than for the rest of the country. Waste matters too, as plastic pollution many of us think floats out as ocean rubbish also ends up in the food we eat and the air we breathe.

Plastic products, including fishing nets and line, often kill marine species · Shane Gross
The plastics crisis is a truly global issue · Shawn Heinrichs
Plastics manufacturing impacts the most vulnerable and least culpable people and communities · Goldman Environmental Prize
Without action, by 2050, there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish · Cristina Mittermeier

The plastics crisis is a truly global issue, and its causes and consequences must be comprehensively addressed across the entire life cycle — from plastic creation to end pollution. The private sector has been slow and unwilling to take meaningful action to address the crisis, so it is incumbent upon national governments to work together to enact meaningful, global regulations and commitments to address this catastrophe.

Call on world leaders to adopt a strong Global Plastics Treaty. We’ll keep you up-to-date as negotiations progress.

Latest update: Our petition was updated on Jan. 19, 2024 to reflect new research from the Universities of California Santa Barbara and Berkeley, which showed that certain policies included in the potential treaty options are absolutely critical to achieving a meaningful impact on plastic pollution to the environment. 221,407 signatures were carried over from the initial petition.

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Sarah K

I voluntarily pick up all the litter in my neighborhood, the amount is unbelievable>:(

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Odd K

I want to hinder the poisioning of humans and pollution of nature!

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Shaun A

this matters to me!

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Michelle W

if you have kids or grandkids you should care about this.

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Jane R

i love our earth

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Erin M

of the health of our planet and all of us.

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Stacie P

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Beatrijs v

I hope we can preserve our ocean so our children can also enjoy the beauty

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Susan H

im concerned about how much plastin is in our oceans

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Seema S

I don't need to reiterate how awful plastic is for the environment and for our own health. The fact that corporations have made this the consumer's pr…

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Rachel C

There is no reason I can find to not support this effort. Why would we not want to eliminate plastics? How can we not see the pollution damage they ar…

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Olivia M

I am signing this petition to urge world leaders to protect our the future of oceanic life and our Earth's climate by creating stricter regulations on…

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Megha M

our need to consume plastic needs to stop, this living in ignorance needs go stop. filling landfills and oceans with water needs go stop. there is e…

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Robin N

We can easily solve the problem of plastic. Let's do it.

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David M

i believe we meed to clean up the ocean from plastic amd reduce or end plastic use!

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Marilyn S

Plastics are destroying the Earth and all life.

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Jacob J

I am a sailing instructor and diver. I am apalled by the amount of trash I pick up daily. So sad, we need to do better!

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Molly F

I live in a coastal community in maryland , right off the Chesapeake bay. We are right on the water and plastics wash ashore all the time, birds also…

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Reuben D

plastic is devastating to the remaining animal population on the planet.

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Ken_ H

We must stop this terrible destruction

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Sushree T

plastics are suffocating our planets. Something needs to be done otherwise we will never be able to go back to a normal healthy life.

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Bhavya A

I a signing because i want to see plastic free environment

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Mark O

Plastic is a curse

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Gail C

we humans are destroying the world around us, on which we and all life depend.

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Murad H

I am signing because plastic pollution harms ecosystems. We need global action now!

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