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Your MP is Layla Moran

Email Layla to ask for their support for legally binding plastic pollution reduction targets.

To send an email, please copy and paste the example message below into an email from your own email address.

It’ll be even more powerful if you make it more personal. You could say something about what the ocean means to you and why it’s important we protect it.

Then send the email to your MP’s email address, below.

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Example message to MP

Dear Layla Moran,

The Plastic Pollution Crisis Isn’t Over

Every year 12 million tonnes of plastic pollution enters the ocean destroying habitats, damaging biodiversity and killing wildlife.

The UK was setting out progressive action to tackle the plastic pollution crisis before the global health pandemic swept around the world. We were on the cusp of a tipping point of positive change on production and consumption of pointless plastics. However, since society has been focused on responding to the threat of Coronavirus, action to tackle plastic pollution has stalled or gone into reverse. We have seen a dramatic return of single-use plastic culture with the plastic industry capitalising on public anxiety to promote and expand the volume of throwaway plastics on the market. This has resulted in a fresh explosion of plastic pollution on our beaches, in our rivers and on our streets. Our waste and recycling systems simply can’t cope with so much avoidable plastic waste.

We’ve also seen delays in ambitious legislation to ban straws, stirrers and cotton bud sticks, that was just weeks away from being introduced when we went into lockdown. Plastic bags returned with food deliveries, refill culture was cancelled at many major cafes and restaurants, and we have seen further delays for the introduction of a nationwide deposit return scheme. We now need urgent action, legislation and investment in action to stop the novel plastic pollution pandemic.

I’m joining thousands of people across the UK in Surfers Against Sewage’s Plastic Protest. The time to turn the tide on this plastic pollution crisis is now. We need to stop the systemic over-production and over-consumption of non-essential single-use, throw-away and polluting plastics which current waste systems simply cannot handle. Instead we need to make sure that plastics we produce are designed to be reused and refilled as part of a real and effective circular economy.

I am therefore calling on you as my local MP to support amendments to the Environment Bill which will require the government to set targets for the elimination of plastic pollution and bring about an end to the sale, use and production of non-essential single-use plastic products. The Environment Bill provides a once in a generation opportunity to set world leading legislation that will see a stop to the production of pointless plastics and stop plastic pollution once and for all.

Without world leading legislation that tackles the plastic pollution crisis we can’t save the ocean or truly restore crucial ecosystems. Please support these amendments in the Environment Bill to give the ocean a chance.

If you don’t act now it may soon be too late.

Yours sincerely,

XXXXX

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Why Talk Trash with your MP?

Before the global health pandemic swept around the world, the UK was setting out progressive action to tackle the plastic pollution crisis. We were on the cusp of seeing a shift in the production and consumption of pointless plastics. However, since society has been focused on responding to the threat of Coronavirus, action to tackle plastic pollution has stalled or gone into reverse.

There has been a dramatic return of single-use plastic culture with the plastic industry capitalising on public anxiety to promote and expand the volume of throwaway plastics on the market. This has resulted in a fresh explosion of plastic pollution on our beaches, in our rivers and on our streets. Our waste and recycling systems simply can’t cope with so much avoidable plastic waste.

With the new Environment Bill currently going through parliament, MPs have a once in a generation opportunity to set world leading legislation that will see a stop to the production of pointless plastics and stop plastic pollution once and for all. That’s why we need you to help make sure that as many MPs as possible support our calls for plastic reduction targets.

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