Tearfund's Rubbish Campaign launched this week. And it could improve tens of thousands of lives in some of the world’s poorest countries.
Two billion people around the world are living and working among piles of waste, because their rubbish isn’t collected. That’s one in four people who are drinking polluted water, breathing toxic air and battling sickness. This causes up to 1 million deaths a year – and each day the waste mountains are growing.
Companies such as Coca-Cola, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever are making things worse by selling billions of products in single-use plastic packaging, in countries where waste isn’t collected.
‘The CEOs running these multinationals can no longer ignore the human cost of single-use plastic – fundamental changes to business models are urgently required,’ says Tearfund’s Ruth Valerio. ‘There is no time to waste.’
This is a rubbish situation, but it can change if we pray and act together.
We’re asking supporters like you to call on companies to take responsibility for the plastic waste their products are creating. This could result in huge transformation; if these companies commit to taking strong action to change the way they package their products.
- Pray for people suffering today as a result of uncollected waste and plastic pollution, especially for those who are most vulnerable to its effects: children, the elderly and people living with disabilities.
- Ask God that the Rubbish Campaign will result in change where it’s needed most, as people are inspired to speak out for communities affected and God’s creation.
- To coincide with the campaign, we launched a new report on the impact of waste on people living in poverty, called No time to waste. Praise God that this was publicly backed by Sir David Attenborough, helping spread the word further about the need to tackle this issue.
Thank you for your prayers. If you can, please sign our petition too.