from Avaaz

We’ve seen it choking life in the deepest oceans and on the highest mountains. Now shocking studies are finding plastic pollution everywhere: in the rain, our food, our drinking water, even in the human placenta! It’s poisoning us, and all life on Earth.

But finally we have a unique opportunity to change it.

Right now, the United Nations is considering a new ambitious global treaty to end plastic pollution. If countries agree to it, we have a real chance of cleaning up our planet! But big polluters are already trying to water down the proposal.

It’s up to all of us to show them that the whole world supports the strongest possible treaty, to end the plastic crisis! Governments are meeting in days – click to add your voice and forward to everyone you can:

Plastic is toxic from the moment production begins. And it doesn’t decompose! A plastic bottle breaks down into tiny, invisible pieces that can travel around the world through water and air, contaminating all life on Earth.

Even rain is polluted with plastic. Scientists in the US found that rain is flooding protected national parks with 1,000 tons of microplastics every year — that’s the equivalent of up to 300 million plastic bottles!

This is a planetary emergency, and we need an urgent, coordinated global response. That’s why more than 100 countries are calling for a global treaty that could bring an end to the throwaway-plastic culture, and transition the world into a future that protects people, wildlife and our climate.

But big oil, chemical firms and major plastic-manufacturing countries are already trying to water down the plan. So we need to mobilise fast, and show our governments at the key UN meeting next month that people everywhere demand the strongest possible treaty to end the plastic plague:

Sign here: END PLASTIC POLLUTION

We’ve done it before. Our movement spearheaded the mobilisations that led to the landmark Climate Paris Agreement, and more recently we mobilised from around the world to stop rich countries from dumping their plastic onto low-income nations. These battles can be long, and treaties don’t magically solve such huge crises. But this is our best chance to kick-start a global coordinated response – so we all have to speak out, and keep pushing for a world safe from plastic.