To: the national representatives on the Marine Environmental Protection Committee of the International Maritime Organization
Every year, billions of plastic pellets are spilling from ships and polluting our ocean – please act now to stop this.
You have the power to turn the tide on plastic pellet pollution at sea.
Please act on Fauna & Flora’s recommendations to end plastic pellet pollution, and legally classify pellets as marine pollutants at your MEPC80 meeting in July.
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Help us influence the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to classify nurdles as a marine pollutant.
Every day, millions of plastic pellets – lentil-sized pieces of microplastic – are pouring into our ocean, spilling from ships transporting them around the world.
You may not realise it, but almost all of the plastic products we use – from water bottles to toothbrushes to fridges – are made from these melted-down pellets or ‘nurdles’.
And though they’re only tiny, they’re causing huge harm to marine wildlife and habitats – smothering seagrass meadows and filling the stomachs of seabirds and seals, fish and turtles, meaning many starve to death.
It’s a scandal that these pellets are being allowed to pollute our ocean, especially when it’s preventable.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of pollution from ships. It has the power to classify plastic pellets as marine pollutants, which would make them subject to much stricter shipping regulations – immediately.
We know the IMO is aware of this issue and that its Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) is currently considering what action to take.
Together, we have the power to turn the tide on plastic pellet pollution by pushing the MEPC to act quickly and decisively to bring in stricter regulations when they next meet in July.
By shining a spotlight on this issue and piling public pressure on the committee members, we can push them to classify plastic pellets as a marine pollutant and bring in stricter regulations.
Sign the petition and tell your national MEPC representative that we don’t have time to lose – they need to act now to stop plastic pellets polluting our seas.
The MEPC is made up of representatives from every IMO member country.
We’ll show representatives just how many people care about this issue and are demanding decisive and urgent action on pellet loss at sea.
Help tackle this issue by signing our petition today.
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