Olympic champion sailor Hannah Mills has launched the Big Plastic Pledge, a global campaign to rid sport of single-use plastic drawing on the power of the Olympic movement.
The Big Plastic Pledge calls on athletes and sports fans to pledge to at least three actions to reduce the use of single-use plastic in their daily lives.
Mills came up with the initiative after seeing first-hand the devastating effect of single-use plastic pollution at the Rio 2016 Olympics where she won a gold medal in the women’s 470 class.
Crucially, the Big Plastic Pledge is supported by the International Olympic Committee as part of its commitment to the UN Clean Seas initiative against plastic pollution.
“As athletes we can inspire and lead by example,” said Mills, 31, from Cardiff. “I believe through the power of sport we can change the fate of our planet. And the solutions go far beyond cleaning up the mess or recycling.
“Humans have created the plastic environmental crisis; it is our responsibility to fix it. Eliminating single use plastic is the first step the Big Plastic Pledge is taking. We must unite together; change enough peoples behaviours, expectations and understanding of the irreparable damage it is having on our planet. We are not yet too late to act. And I am not afraid to speak out and make a change.”
Alongside crew Eilidh McIntyre, Mills is calling on athletes and sports fans to back the Big Plastic Pledge in the run-up to Tokyo 2020.
To sign the pledge, go to www.bigplasticpledge.com.