The impact of plastic waste is something that we talk about a lot on our blog, and it continues to be an issue that environmental groups are concerned about. It's easy to understand why as researchers now warn that if major changes aren't made, the amount of plastic in the ocean will outnumber fish by the year 2050.
In order to have a serious impact on the problem, cooperation is needed around the world. So far, organizations that are seeking to spread awareness and fight plastic pollution have been doing so independently in various corners of the globe, but now that's changed.
On September 15, 2016, 90 environmental NGOs issued a co-signed press release announcing a cooperative campaign called #BreakFreeFromPlastic. Guided by 10 agreed-upon principles, the movement seeks to accomplish three goals.
First, they hope to use the tremendous size of their coalition to effectively lobby governments around the world to pass regulations and laws to address the plastic problem. Secondly, the coalition hopes to use their strong voice to encourage companies to investigate greener solutions that would reduce the amount of plastic waste ending up in our environment. Lastly, the group hopes to support community-based efforts to address the plastic problem taking place around the world.
Want go get involved with the #BreakFreeFromPlastic campaign? You can sign up to show your support as an individual or a representative of a group in your local area and tweet using the hashtag to participate. The campaign's official website has more information. Tell us in the Comments section if you're joining the movement
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