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Tearfund: Plastics and poverty

Hi, Peter

Plastics and Poverty


We know that Jesus was not a fan of waste. After he fed the 5,000, Jesus asked his disciples to gather up the pieces so that nothing would be wasted (John 6:12).

That’s why I’m so excited that loads of people have made pledges to reduce another type of waste this Lent – plastics. Many of us have been shocked recently to learn of the amount of plastic in our oceans and feel called to protect God’s gift of creation.

But what is less well known is the devastating impact that plastic waste has on people in poverty across the world.

Call on the UK government to act on plastics and poverty


Two billion people living in poverty have no access to wastecollection,meaning that much of this waste – including plastics – ends up being burned or dumped in places like rivers and oceans.

This all adds up to a major hazard for people in poverty – leading to death, disease and climate change. Not to mention the impact on marine life when unmanaged waste ends up in our oceans.

But there’s a win-win solution to this rubbish problem.By increasing the support given to poorer communities to manage their waste, it’s possible to improve health, create jobs AND halve ocean plastics.

The solutions are there but we must act fast. We have a short window of time to respond and call on world leaders to take action.

In just a few weeks, world leaders will be gathering in the UK for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) – it’s a great opportunity for them to act together to tackle this global issue.

We’d love to see the UK lead the way on plastics and poverty – first, by putting more of the existing UK aid budget towards waste management, and then by urging Commonwealth countries to agree that tackling waste is a top priority.

Could you take 30 seconds to ask the UK government to act now?


Please also join us in praying that the UK government will take a strong lead and that world leaders will be encouraged to remember the poorest.

Thank you so much for your support.With your help we can tackle this rubbish problem.

Ruth Valerio
Global Advocacy and Influencing Director, Tearfund

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Posted on 17 Mar 2018

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