Have you ever read the WWF’s petition to make Italian seas #plasticfree? Unfortunately, nowadays the plastic pollution of our seas no longer makes the news. It’s become a fact we are all (more or less) aware of and which we are all (more or less) getting used to. This is precisely the point. It’s not a situation we should get used to at all, it’s an unacceptable state of affairs and we can’t just sit there feeling helpless, thinking “What a pity, that’s the way things go… what can I do about it?!” Change is possible and it’s up to us to make things change. The most difficult part is starting. Where should we start from then? How about beginning from something as simple as a signature, something that may seem merely symbolic yet is capable of promoting concrete results.

Why do we need to save the seas from plastic pollution?

Of all the many types of rubbish in the Mediterranean Sea, all of 95% consists in plastic.  The effects are devastating, not just because it pollutes the water but also in terms of how harmful it is to sea creatures. The causes behind plastic pollution are global and can be found in the excessive consumption of this material and bad disposal management. The figures highlighted by the WWF’s petition are particularly shocking:
  • 8 million tons of plastic end up in seas all over the world every year
  • 95% of the rubbish in the Mediterranean Sea consists in plastic which suffocates the habitat and its species
  • 700 animal species are endangered by the plastic on our planet
  • 134 species are victims of having ingested plastic in the Mediterranean Sea
  • Europe is the second plastic manufacturer in the world
  • 1 million tons of plastic packaging are consumed yearly by Italians

What is the WWF petitioning for?

“We have 7,500 good reasons (the length in km of the Italian coast) to demand that our seas are protected from plastic pollution.” These are the effective opening words of the WWR’s petition that asks Italian institutions to start concrete actions on four fronts:
  1. Make a commitment to ensure that the Directive proposed by the European Commission to prohibit 10 throwaway plastic products (such as cutlery, plates, straws and containers for food and beverages) becomes effective as soon as possible.
  2. Introduce a deposit on all throwaway packages in plastic.
  3. Prohibit the use of micro-plastics for all non-biodegradable plastic consumer goods and products.
  4. Finance looking for and collecting the plastic fishing nets that have been abandoned on the sea beds.
The petition has been signed by 2,500 people and it’s very easy to take part in. How? Just visit and participate in the #plasticfree campaign with a simple click.

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