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Christians unite for global week of prayer and action to help end the world’s plastic problem

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Media Release

Updated: 8 November 2023

From October 30 - November 5, 2023 Australian Christians will join with churches around the world to pray and act to help end plastic pollution.

Tearfund Australia, a Christian development, relief and advocacy organisation, is leading the local initiative. They are calling on churches and faith-based organisations to use the week to get behind their “Rubbish Campaign”.

Now in its fourth year, the campaign highlights the human cost of the world’s rubbish problem for people living in our world’s most vulnerable communities - harming their health and livelihoods, and making poverty worse.

Global leaders from around the world are currently negotiating the first ever global treaty to end plastic pollution. In November, representatives from more than 150 governments, including Australia, will meet in Nairobi, Kenya, for the third round of treaty talks before the final, legally binding treaty is signed in late 2024.

Tearfund is encouraging Christians to come together and pray and speak up as a united front, capitalising on this once in a lifetime opportunity for real and lasting change.

Prayer is needed to soften the hearts of world leaders in the lead up to the Nairobi negotiations and to ensure the human face of plastic pollution is not forgotten.

Jesus tells us that with faith as small as a mustard seed, we can move mountains. So we must now put our faith into action and be praying for an end to this mountain of a problem.

You can take part in the Week of Prayer and Action by:

Quote from Tearfund Australia’s Head of Advocacy, Emma Wyndham Chalmers:

“As Christians, we know that there is power in prayer to see doors opened, hearts changed, and lives saved. Now is the time for us to be coming alongside our global neighbours in prayer for God’s justice and compassion to be at work throughout these important treaty negotiations.”

For further information or interview requests call Melody Murton (Tearfund Head of Communications & Education) on (03) 9264 7000 or email [email protected]

Key Messages

Tearfund Australia:

Tearfund works in partnership to end poverty, challenge inequality and build sustainable communities. Following Jesus, we go where the need is greatest, acting with courage to tackle injustice so that all may experience fullness of life. Our partnerships with local Christian agencies develop long-term holistic transformation for communities facing poverty and injustice around the world and in Australia. We do justice together as we inspire, connect and equip Australian Christians to live, act and pray for a more just and compassionate world.