Today, two billion people in the world’s poorest countries are living and working among piles of waste – that’s one in four of us. Drinking polluted water. Breathing toxic air. Battling sickness. Each day waste mountains are growing causing preventable deaths.
Multinational companies are making this worse by selling billions of single-use plastic products in countries where waste isn’t collected, knowing that communities will have no choice but to burn it or live among it.
But we can change this if we act together. We can call on companies to take responsibility for the plastic waste mountains their products are creating in poorer communities. And we can pledge to reduce our own plastic use too.
We believe this campaign will change lives – will you join us?
Here are some ways for you to get involved, these are actions we can all take to renew our world.
Get Social! – When we join our collective voices in a petition for the world’s most vulnerable people, we can really make a difference. People all across the world will be asking Coca-Cola, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever to clean up their act and take responsibility for the plastic waste they are creating.
Use social media and tag @CocaColaCo @Nestle @PepsiCo and @Unilever. Ask them to take responsibility for the waste mountains their products are creating in poorer communities, using the template posts and tweets below. Add a photo of some of their branded waste and their hashtag.
- Hey @companyhandle is this yours? Please take responsibility for the plastic waste your products are creating #RubbishCampaign #RenewOurWorld [insert photo of a branded piece of plastic rubbish]
- Don’t be rubbish @companyhandle! Take responsibility for the #plastic waste mountains your products are creating in communities living in poverty #RubbishCampaign #RenewOurWorld
- Hey @companyhandle, don’t be a rubbish company! Will you report by 2020 on how many units of single-use plastic products you sell? #RubbishCampaign #RenewOurWorld
- Hey @companyhandle, don’t be a rubbish company! Could you commit to halving your number of single-use plastic products by 2025? #RubbishCampaign #RenewOurWorld
- Hey @companyhandle, don’t be a rubbish company! By 2022, ensure one single-use plastic item is collected for every one you sell #RubbishCampaign #RenewOurWorld
- Hey @companyhandle, don’t be a rubbish company! Could you work with waste pickers to provide employment with dignity? #RubbishCampaign #RenewOurWorld
- Are you inspired by our #RubbishCampaign? Why not give up at least one single-use plastic item for 40 days and join in? #RenewOurWorld
- Say ⛔ to 🥤! Join our #RubbishCampaign! #RenewOurWorld
- This #RubbishCampaign will change lives. Find out more below 👇 #RenewOurWorld http://renewourworld.net/2019/05/join-our-waste-campaign/
- This rubbish situation can change if we act together. Find out more below 👇 #RenewOurWorld http://renewourworld.net/2019/05/join-our-waste-campaign/
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You can also use these regional handles if you are in India, Nigeria, Australia, Philippines, Brazil, South Africa, the Middle East or the Asia Pacific.
@CocaColaAmatil (Asia Pacific)
@CocaCola_ZA (South Africa)
@PepsiCoAmena (Asia, Middle East, North Africa)
@HUL_News (Hinudstan Unilever)
@UnileverZA (South Africa)
2. Pray – Let’s collectively ask God to move on behalf of those most in need.
- Give thanks to God for His creation. Ask Him to show you how you can love your neighbours and care for creation, including the problem of waste.
- Lift up those with health problems due to inadequate rubbish disposal or a safe way to deal with waste.
- Pray for more action by companies and governments.
3. Lifestyle – The change starts with us. Here are some lifestyle changes you can make. Let’s make them prophetic calls to action.
- Reduce: think about ways to reduce your use of single-use plastic. For example, you could refuse plastic carrier bags. Why not make this into a challenge – could you give up single-use plastics for 40 days?
- Reuse: can you use or buy products that can be used many times?
- Become a zero-waste church: pledge to reduce single-use plastics in your church as much as possible, including committing to not using disposable cups, plates and cutlery.