Plastic remains in our environment for hundreds, perhaps thousands of years affecting both people and nature. Almost every marine species is likely to have encountered plastics, while many ecosystems, including coral reefs and mangroves, are at risk due to the impacts of plastic. Unchecked plastic pollution will become a contributing factor to the ongoing sixth mass extinction. No single country can solve this global crisis alone.
Given the devastating impacts of plastic polullution on pepole and nature, pressure has been mountaing on governments to take action - and on the 2nd of March 2022, a historic decision was finally made at the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-5.2) to do just that. Representatives from all 175 nations in attendance unanimously agreed to the development of a legally binding treaty to end plastic pollution. This treaty, which will be forged by 2024, will hold nations, business, and society accountable for eliminating plastic pollution from our environments.
This landmark decision would not have been possible without your voices - with more than 2.2 million people around the world signing our WWF plastics petition - along with the support of over 120 global companies and 1,000 civil society organizations who have also backed calls for a treaty on plastics. Thank you.
MORE ACTION IS STILL NEEDED
WWF urges the world’s governments to act strongly and decisively in developing the full content of the treaty by 2024.
We are calling for a legally binding treaty that delivers a circular economy for plastic, where production and consumption has as little impact on the environment as possible. This will require global bans on harmful products and actions, product design standards, and measures that reduce the production and consumption of virgin (brand new) plastic. We also want the critical role played by millions of waste pickers in the informal waste sector – responsible for more than half of all plastic recycling globally – to be respected.