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10 rivers can save us

Islands of bottles and bags stretching for miles. Pristine beaches buried in trash. Turtles tangled and drowned. By 2050, there’ll be more plastic in the sea than fish!

But one new study found 90% of the plastic in our oceans comes from just 10 rivers in Asia and Africa. If we get action on these 10 rivers, we could literally save our oceans!

Three things are lacking along all the rivers: resources, know-how, and political will. So instead of waiting for someone else to tackle it, experts have reached out to Avaaz with a battle plan.
  • Launch massive public campaigns along the polluting rivers to educate the public and push politicians to action;
  • Bring plastics experts to cities along the rivers to devise clean-up plans;
  • And lobby donor countries to fund the clean-ups.
It’s a planetary crisis. Avaaz can bring a planetary solution. Many of the countries along the rivers have already asked for help with the massive clean-up needed, and UN experts say our movement could play a major role if we get started right away. If just 50,000 of us donate a small amount now, we’ll kick-start this global plan. Chip in now -- let’s stop this plastic plague killing our planet.