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A Chance to Stop Plastic Harm – Globally

In the fight to stop plastic pollution, Surfrider’s volunteer activists and on-staff experts continue to make a difference through winning local, regional and state victories across the United States. This work has helped create groundswell toward the kind of global solutions needed to solve the massive global mess created by plastic pollution and production – and we’re seeing the results of that momentum.

In March 2022, leaders and representatives from 175 countries endorsed a historic resolution at the United Nations Environment Assembly to end plastic pollution through agreement on a Global Plastics Treaty by the end of 2024. 

Unfortunately, the United States – which leads the world in creating plastic waste – is failing to step up. Unlike commitments made by the “High Ambition Coalition” countries, the U.S. proposal lacks the kind of strong, binding measures required to succeed. 

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With the leadership of our colleagues at Surfrider Foundation Europe and the support of our network of global affiliates, we are demanding more. Specifically, we are calling on the Biden Administration to agree to binding measures to reduce single-use plastic production, including holding producers responsible for phasing out plastic production and ending single-use plastics.

To this end, Plastic Pollution Initiative Senior Manager Jennifer Savage will join Surfrider Europe and other members of the Break Free From Plastic movement at the U.N.’s second Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) meeting in Paris from May 28 to June 2. This will mark a major step in combining the power of Surfrider activists across the world to come together and stop plastic pollution at the source.

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