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Accept the Trash Isles as an official country & help protect our oceans

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As you read this, obscene amounts of plastic are making their way into the oceans – in total eight million tonnes a year or a rubbish truck full of plastic every minute. There is now so much of it, an area the size of France has formed in the Pacific Ocean.

With no one paying attention to this catastrophe LADbible, alongside the Plastic Oceans Foundation, is taking this country sized trash patch and turning it into the world’s 196th country – named the Trash Isles.

We have submitted a Declaration of Independence to the United Nations, but need your help. To be specific we need you to ‘become a citizen’, to pressure the United Nations into approving our application and recognising the Trash Isles. If we become a country and a member of the UN, we are protected by the UN’s Environmental Charters, which state....

“All members shall co-operate in a spirit of global partnership to conserve, protect and restore the health and integrity of the earth’s ecosystem”

Which in a nutshell means that by becoming a country, other countries are obliged to clean us up.

So, come on fellow Trash Isles countrymen let’s put down the plastic, get off our arses and pull together to ensure the world’s first country made of Trash, is its last.

*** What the founding citizens of Trash Isles say ***

Sarah Roberts, who has campaigned about plastic pollution at education institutes up and down the UK – and an important Trash Isles ambassador, says: “This indestructible material upsets every level of the food chain. If our oceans can’t function properly, they won’t be able to support fish stocks, absorb carbon to protect us against global warming or generally do any of the things that our lives are dependent on.”

 Tim Nunn, an ex-surfer photographer who’s dedicated to documenting plastic pollution around the world and another Trash Isles ambassador says: "We're now finding dead whales washing up in Norway and The North Sea with stomachs full of plastic bags. It's no longer an isolated problem. Wherever I go, from the most populated coastlines on Earth to the remotest Arctic beaches, we find plastic. If we don't all act now, then we face an ocean devoid of life in the near future."

So join Sarah & Tim to become a Trash Isles citizen and make the pledge to cut down the amount of plastic you consume (from using a refillable bottle for water to bringing own own carrier bags when we go shopping) and to make as much noise as necessary until people start to listen; to our bosses at work, to our local politicians, to our world governments.

Today: Trash is counting on you

Trash Isles needs your help with “UN Secretary General - António Guterres: Accept the Trash Isles as an official country & help protect our oceans”. Join Trash and 239,171 supporters today.