Manta ray swimming with plastic © WWF / Vincent Kneefel

Manta ray swimming with plastic © WWF / Vincent Kneefel

Update: An important step towards stopping plastic pollution

28 Sep 2021

  • plastic
  • marine pollution
  • marine species

There’s an important update in the plastics space!


Thanks to more than 70,000 Australians who have signed WWF’s global plastics treaty, Australia has taken a significant step towards addressing plastic pollution in our oceans.


The Australian Government has committed to support a legally bindingUN treaty to stop plastic pollution. It’s a win for wildlife everywhere!


A treaty would be a game-changer, with targets to cut plastic consumption and a pathway to eliminating plastics from entering our oceans.


This wouldn’t have been possible without the support of thousands of everyday Australians making their voices heard.


But there’s still a long way to go. A treaty has been proposed, but a majority of UN members need to vote at a crucial meeting in February 2022 to formally start work on an agreement.


Right now, we need to make sure our government knows that we stand with them in support of a binding and ambitious global agreement. You can show your support by sending a message to the Prime Minister, telling him you support a UN treaty to stop plastic pollution.




What to include in your message:

  • Thank you for supporting a binding treaty to stop plastic pollution.
  • I’m very concerned about plastic leaking into our oceans, causing injury and death to marine wildlife like turtles, whales and seabirds.
  • I hope Australia shows leadership at the UN by working with our Pacific neighbours to convince others to support a legally binding global treaty - not a voluntary one.
  • Please fight for a treaty that includes ambitious global and national targets, rigorous monitoring and reporting, and covers the full lifecycle of plastic, from production through to waste reduction and management.


Thanks for standing up for our marine wildlife!

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