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The Dirty Protest

A petition against sewage pollution that you sign with actual sewage
Katie Hill - Editor-in-Chief, My Green Pod
The Dirty Protest

Every year billions of litres of untreated sewage is dumped straight into the ocean, and for years politicians have chosen to ignore the problem.

Now, for the first time, sewage pollution is being taken to a place where they can’t ignore it: their desks.

The sewage problem

Sewage pollution can cause low oxygen levels, suffocating fish and sea plants.

It can also contain bacteria, viruses and parasites that make people sick with gastro-intestinal symptoms, rashes, skin and eye infections, flu-like symptoms and worse.

80% of the world’s wastewater is discharged without treatment to surface waters, and over 40% of the world’s population lack access to safely managed sanitation services.

55% of coral reefs and 88% of seagrass are exposed to wastewater pollution, making them more vulnerable to climate change.

Ink made from sewage

The Dirty Protest is an online petition that you sign using your phone or touchpad.

Your name is then printed using a specially designed ink that features sewage from drain pipes.

The petitions are then printed and delivered to the responsible politicians across the globe.

Pernille Weiss, Member of the European Parliament and Chairwoman of the Water Group was the first person to sign the petition.

‘I signed my name in shit to stop untreated sewage from being pumped into our ocean and I need all of you to sign, so we can show every politician that this problem is too big and too important to be ignored.’

Chairwoman MEP Water Group

Sign your name with shit

Sewage doesn’t care about borders, which is why The Dirty Protest is the first international collaboration.

By signing the petition, you’re not only supporting the fight in your local area — you’re also a part of a global initiative to protect the ocean we share.

When you sign the petition, your printed signature will get delivered to the responsible politician in your country as soon as local petition requirements are reached.

With 1 million signatures The Dirty Protest will be delivered to the European Parliament and any other intergovernmental organisations we think can help make a change.

Click here to sign The Dirty Protest petition yourself.

The Dirty Protest is a global initiative by Clean Ocean (Rent Hav), Ocean Sewage Alliance and Renasys. The campaign was created by Uncommon Creative Studio.


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