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WORLD CONSUMER RIGHTS DAY 2021 – Theme Announcement and materials

Published 19 November 2020

Buckie Got It,

Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis News Source

We are pleased to announce that the theme for World Consumer Rights Day 2021 is Tackling Plastic Pollution.

By 2050, it is estimated that there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish. Plastic is a highly useful material in our everyday lives, but our consumption and production of plastics have become unsustainable causing negative environmental consequences, including pollution of the environment and negative impacts on human health and biodiversity.

World Consumer Rights Day 2021 will bring together the global consumer movement, as well as many other partners, to amplify the consumer voice on the issue of tackling plastic pollution. Building on the 2020 World Consumer Rights Day theme of the sustainable consumer, the 2021 theme will focus upon our consumption and production of one material and reflect how the current single-use, take-make-dispose plastics system can be reimagined.

Despite World Consumer Rights Day 2020 coinciding with the Covid-19 pandemic, we ran a hugely successful day of action together promoting the sustainable consumer. Members adapted their activities to the context – embracing resourceful and virtual means to relay their message. Our members continue to inspire us with their creativity and resilience in working through difficult times, most recently during Green Action Week 2020.

The global problem of plastic pollution has only got worse throughout the pandemic. World Consumer Rights Day 2021 will provide a day of action for the global consumer movement to raise awareness on the issue of plastic pollution and seek to provide solutions to reduce leakage of plastic into the environment and decrease the production of plastics globally.

Members are asked to utilise the Circle Model of Waste Management in preparing activities which you will find in the campaign pack below. We invite you to engage consumers, local businesses, civil society and policy-makers in your country to tackle plastic pollution together. Collectively, we will build a global picture that will raise the voice of consumer advocacy on tackling plastic pollution.

World Consumer Rights Day 2021 #sustainableconsumer #noplasticpollution

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