• RSA: Ban Throwaway Plastics
    The equivalent of one garbage truck of plastic (2) enters our oceans every minute and by 2050, there will be more plastic by weight in the ocean than fish (3). More than one million bags are used every minute worldwide - and around half are used just once before being thrown away. Every plastic bag is used for only 15 minutes on average - but it can take up to 500 years to decompose (4). Plastic is killing marine animals and seabirds (5), destroying the marine environment as well as people’s livelihoods, infiltrating the human food chain and causing cancers and birth defects. Scientists have found plastic in tap water and even in salt and beer. (6) Currently South Africa ranks as one of the worst offenders in mismanaging its plastic waste. (7) South Africans use 8 billion plastic shopping bags per year - and a plastic carrier bag levy introduced in 2003 has failed to have a meaningful impact. (8) By contrast, 28 African countries (9) such as Kenya, Rwanda, Morocco and Cameroon have banned the use, manufacture, importation and distribution of disposable plastic bags. Plastic debris not only results in high cleaning-up costs but also brings huge losses for the tourism, fisheries and shipping industries. It threatens our health, constitutional rights, water resources and climate. Please sign our petition today to help turn SA from a laggard in preventing plastic pollution into a world leader in producing and using sustainable alternatives. This petition will be delivered to the top four political parties (10) currently campaigning ahead of the upcoming national election. Yours sincerely The Cape Town Greenpeace Volunteer Group Footnotes – 1 Single-use or disposable plastics are commonly used for packaging and include items intended to be used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. https://wedocs.unep.org/bitstream/handle/20.500.11822/25496/singleUsePlastic_sustainability.pdf?isAllowed=y&sequence=1 2 https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/10/every-minute-one-garbage-truck-of-plastic-is-dumped-into-our-oceans/ 3 https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/jan/19/more-plastic-than-fish-in-the-sea-by-2050-warns-ellen-macarthur 4 https://www.westerncape.gov.za/general-publication/plastic-pollution 5 https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-44579422 6 A study found that 83% of tap water worldwide is contaminated with plastic micro-fibres. Another discovered that some 73% out of 233 deep water fish from the Northwest Atlantic Ocean had ingested plastic particles. 7 South Africa is currently ranked 11th in the world for mismanaged plastic waste. https://www.iswa.org/fileadmin/user_upload/Calendar_2011_03_AMERICANA/Science-2015-Jambeck-768-71__2_.pdf 8 https://econrsa.org/papers/p_papers/pp18.pdf 9 Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phase-out_of_lightweight_plastic_bags 10 African National Congress, Democratic Alliance, Economic Freedom Fighters and Inkatha Freedom Party currently hold 10 seats or more in the National Assembly. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Assembly_of_South_Africa
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  • Dispensing in plastic bags - Dis-chem’s unhealthy waste injustice
    Only 10% of all the pastic ever produced has actually been recycled. The other 90% is either floating in the ocean or on the ocean floors, in landfills or burnt. Little plastic bags like they dispense as well as the plastic cable ties are not plastics that are going to be recycled much. Even though it's made from 100% recycled plastic, this product will very unlikely ever be recycled again. Recycling alone is not an effective and long-term solution to the ever growing pandemic of plastic waste that is ending up in our precious oceans and on our beautiful shores.
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  • BURUNDI: STOP À L'UTILISATION DES ENGRAIS CHIMIQUES ET DES PESTICIDES DANS L'AGRICULTURE
    C'est très important de pratiquer l'agriculture organique qui produit des aliments beaux pour la santé de l'homme.
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    Created by Donatien Banyakubusa
  • DAKAR, SN: STOP À L'USAGE UNIQUE DU PLASTIQUE
    C'est important de lancer cette pétition pour dire #NONàlaPollutionPlastique parce que tout simplement c'est un facteur nuisible pour l'environnement mais aussi qui a déjà menacé les espèces marines, l'agriculture, pour dire clairement que l'écosystème est menacé.
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  • SOUTH AFRICA: POISON FREE OVERSTRAND
    Lets stop the poisoning for good! Conserve our insects, birds, frogs and our health - like our lives depend on it - it does! Do not spray weed killers! We need a healthy Earth to thrive.
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    Created by Fransel Hen-Boisen
  • DRC: NON À LA COMMERCIALISATION DE L'EAU EN SACHETS ET NON AUX EMBALLAGES EN PLASTICS.
    Nous pensons que la gestion de déchets afférents à ces plastics et sachets reste à désirer en ce sens que : - Pas de structure de ramassage et de destruction, - Ces sachets et plastics détériorent la qualité de notre sol en réduisant sa productivité, - Ces sachets et plastics ternissent l'image du pays et polluent notre environnement . - Nos eaux et nos sources souffrent de la pollution de ces sachets et plastics, - Ces sachets et plastics sont des lieux de prédilection pour les moustiques et autres insectes ...
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    Created by Adonis NDAMRICH
  • NIGERIA: STOP SINGLE -USE-PLASTIC SACHET WATER PRODUCERS
    When you walk along the streets of major cities in Nigeria,you will understand why these "pure water" manufacturers must stop single-use-plastic sachets. The disgusting state of our streets and neighborhoods is a good example to ban these "pure water" sachets. Tonnes of sachet plastics end up in our streets, waterways, parks all over the country which lead to extremely unhealthy and unhygienic environment for conducive healthy living. This has turned most neighborhoods in our major cities like refuge dumps. Furthermore these plastic sachets end up as litter and pollution all over the country which eventually finds its way in the ocean, this too is dangerous for Marine creatures.
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  • KENYA: TACKLING WATER POLLUTION
    THIS IS AN AREA THAT IS REALLY TALKED ABOUT UNTIL A DISASTER STRIKES. FOR INSTANCE OUTBREAK OF CHOLERA. IT IS IMPORTANT TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE SINCE IT BRINGS ABOUT PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEMS AND DEATH ON SOME CASES. ALSO IT AFFECTS AQUATIC ECOSYSTEM NEGATIVELY
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  • JOHANNESBURG, SA: FISHAWAYS BREAK AWAY FROM PLASTIC
    We try to recycle and reuse the unnecessary amount of plastic packaging that comes standard with our food but the truth is that Single-use plastics are filling up our oceans and killing marine life around the globe. Plastic is the most common element that is found in the ocean. It is harmful for the environment as it does not get break down easily and is often considered as food by marine animals. One hundred thousand sea mammals are killed in the ocean by pollution each year. There is an island of garbage twice the size of Texas inside the Pacific Ocean: the North Pacific Gyre off the coast of California is the largest oceanic garbage site in the entire world. There, the number of floating plastic pieces outnumbers total marine life six to one in the immediate vicinity. Plastic debris can absorb toxic chemicals from ocean pollution, therefore poisoning whatever eats it. In fact, plastic pollution is one of the most serious threats to the ocean. Plastic does not degrade; instead, it breaks down into progressively smaller pieces, but never disappears. They then attract more debris. It poses a significant health threat to the various sea creatures, and to the entire marine ecosystem. Overall, plastic is the number one source of pollution in the ocean. Plastic is not only harmful to the marine life but it has been found in our drinking water as well as salt. Plastic is making its way into the food we eat and when plastic is heated it releases120 different cancer causing chemicals. We have been blessed with this beautiful earth and it is the responsibility of each and every one of us to do our part in preserving and protecting our earth and each other.
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  • NAIROBI, KE: JAVA HOUSE STOP USING SINGLE-USE PLASTIC
    On the surface, Java House seems very progressive in their efforts to be environmentally friendly, however, we have noted a few more items that you need to let go of to make a genuine impact. For far too long, big corporations have forced plastic packaging into our lives when we buy their products. We have been told that recycling and better waste management are the answers. But, we know that over 90% of plastic has not been recycled. It’s time for corporations to move away from single-use plastic. WE ASK YOU TO CUT YOUR USAGE TO STOP THE DEMAND FOR THESE ITEMS! The more that businesses move toward biodegradable or reusable alternatives, the cheaper they will become, and the less plastic makes its way into the environment.
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    Created by Janet Chemitei
  • JOHANNESBURG, SA: KFC STOP USING SINGLE-USE PLASTIC
    With a total of 840 stores nationwide...its time you Keep Fingers Clean. A look around the polluted environment surrounding any KFC branch is all that is needed to understand why it is important for your business to become single-use plastic free. For far too long, big corporations have forced plastic packaging into our lives when we buy their products. We have been told that recycling and better waste management are the answers. But, we know that over 90% of plastic has not been recycled. It’s time for corporations to move away from single-use plastic. The disgusting state of our streets and neighbourhoods is one blaring example of why. Tonnes of plastic end up in trash bins and parks all over the city which lead to extremely unhealthy and unhygienic environment for conducive healthy living. The plastic cups, straws and plastic sachets are non recycable and end up as litter and pollution all over the country which eventually finds its way in the ocean.
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  • CAPE TOWN, SA: WOOLWORTHS SA STOP USING SINGLE-USE PLASTIC
    For far too long, big corporations have forced plastic packaging into our lives when we buy their products. We have been told that recycling and better waste management are the answers. But, we know that over 90% of plastic has not been recycled. It’s time for corporations to move away from single-use plastic. WE ASK YOU TO CUT YOUR USAGE TO STOP THE DEMAND FOR THESE ITEMS! The more that businesses move toward biodegradable or reusable alternatives, the cheaper they will become, and the less plastic makes its way into the environment.
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    Created by Janine Tilley
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