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Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) with a plastic bag, Moore Reef, Great Barrier Reef, Australia © WWF / Troy Mayne

Stop Plastic Pollution

Join the fight to reduce plastic pollution. Urge governments to act - sign the petition now!
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URGENT: Join the fight to reduce plastic pollution!

Plastic is everywhere. From our beaches in Australia to the remote Arctic, it’s silently choking our planet and wildlife. It has contaminated the soil, rivers and oceans. It’s even entered our food chain.

Many of us are doing our bit to reduce our use of plastic, but it’s time that governments took responsibility too.

Join our fight! Ask the world’s governments to take action now and stop this crisis before it’s too late.

With your help, we’re calling on governments at the United Nations meeting in March to introduce a global and legally binding agreement to stop plastics polluting our oceans.

This is an urgent opportunity to make a difference on the world stage and end the plastic crisis that’s plaguing our planet.

Raise your voice now and join hundreds of thousands around the world to send a message that can’t be ignored.

We need as many Australian signatures as possible, to show we care about our magnificent oceans and spectacular marine wildlife. Together, we can turn the tide on plastic pollution.

 

Green turtle hatchling have to climb over rubbish strewn on the beach, Juani Island, Tanzania © Brent Stirton / Getty Images / WWF-UK

Brett Heywood, SeaQuest Fiji CEO, Dermot O'Gorman WWF-Australia CEO and Ken Katafono, TraSeable Solutions CEO next to a yellowfin tuna about to be tagged with QR code

85% of Australian seabirds are affected by plastic pollution.

Out at sea, plastic is deadly. Marine animals like turtles can choke on plastic bags mistaken for jellyfish, seabirds get entangled and larger animals like whales can starve because their stomachs are so full of plastic they’ve eaten.

 

Microplastics can be just as fatal. Smaller creatures like plankton can ingest it, making its way up the food chain and onto our plates.

Plastic trash gathered on Rubu Island, Kenya © Georgina Goodwin / Shoot The Earth / WWF-UK

95% of plastic packaging is discarded after a single use.

Plastic products are convenient, right? While they might make our daily lives easier, they’re costly to our environment. Most plastics don't biodegrade, so unless they’re recycled or repurposed, they pose a significant threat to marine wildlife.

Plastic bag floating in the ocean © naturepl.com / Sue Daly / WWF

Small actions = big change

Small decisions like choosing a plastic free product, using reusable bags, recycling scraps of plastic or saying no to disposable plastic can make a huge difference for the future of our planet.

 

It’s the easiest thing we can do to make a positive impact.

Steps to scrapping plastic

 

Shop to drop

Choose products with no or minimal plastic packaging, and remember your reusable shopping bags

Bring your own

Drink from reusable bottles and take a keep cup to your barista for your morning brew

Say no to straws

and plastic cutlery, ask for compostable takeaway containers or bring your own

Stash the trash

Collect all your soft plastics and recycle them with REDcycle at your local supermarket

Spread the word

Ask your supermarket or food retailer to establish a plastic free aisle and to reduce excessive packaging

Giant otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) adult playing with plastic bottle, Pantanal, Pocone, Brazil © naturepl.com / Paul Williams / WWF

Giant otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) adult playing with plastic bottle, Pantanal, Pocone, Brazil © naturepl.com / Paul Williams / WWF

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In photos: Drowning in plastics

Our precious marine wildlife are facing a deadly threat: plastic pollution. See the impact for yourself.

 

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