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We are overtaxing the planet—taking more and more resources, well beyond what can be renewed by the planet each year. In fact, to feed and fuel our 21st century lifestyles, we are overusing the Earth's biocapacity by at least 56%. And not only are we overtaxing the planet, but the resources we are using are going to waste.

Furthermore, while Americans account for only 5% of the world's population—we create half of the globe's solid waste with 72% of America's plastic waste ending up in landfills. We need unified solutions and leadership before it's too late. We need world governments to establish a global legally-binding agreement to stop plastics from leaking into our oceans.

Dear Honorable Heads of State,

Our oceans face a growing pollution crisis. About 8 million metric tons of plastic waste end up in our oceans every year. There are already an estimated 150 million metric tons of plastic in our oceans because this problem hasn't been addressed effectively. We need a global agreement to end plastic leakage into the seas by 2030.

Marine plastic pollution has serious consequences for people's well-being and their livelihoods. And it also has devastating impacts on life in our oceans—causing injury and death to fish, sea turtles, whales, birds, coral reefs and much more.

Every single country is part of this plastics crisis. And every single country must be part of the solution: we need a united global response, with the world's governments taking accountability for ending marine plastics pollution.

That's why we, the people of the world, ask you to create a global and legally binding agreement to stop the leakage of plastics into our oceans by 2030. The agreement should:

  • set strict goals for pollution reduction in each country—including the US,
  • create a national action plan in each country—including the US—to meet these goals.

The plastics crisis in our oceans was created in a single lifetime and can be ended in a single decade. If we act now, together.

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