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  • WWF fell under the public eye after accused of funding and arming paramilitary forces by Buzzfeed Monday.

    WWF fell under the public eye after accused of funding and arming paramilitary forces by Buzzfeed Monday. | Photo: WWF

Published 5 March 2019

An annual average of 300 million tonnes of single-use plastics pollut the environment, the WWF said.

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is calling for an international agreement to be signed by countries around the world to end the environmental crisis within 10 years, a twitter post said Tuesday.

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“Time it takes for a plastic bottle to decompose – 450 years. Avg. time spent on social media a day - 135 minutes. Time it takes to sign this petition – 15 seconds. We’re calling for a binding global agreement to #StopPlasticPollution in our oceans,” the WWF tweeted.

The wildlife organization reports that since 2000, the world has increased its use of plastic production, sending an annual average of 300 million tonnes of single-use plastic items into the environment.

WWF fell under scrutiny accused of funding and arming paramilitary forces by Buzzfeed Monday.

Raids of anti-poaching militants invaded villages bordering national parks and tortured, assaulted, abused, and killed Indigenous people in Asia and Africa as part of a poaching crackdown.

“Indigenous peoples and local communities bordering protected areas are victims of human rights abuses and violations by eco-guards,” the report said, noting that the WFF offered “considerable technical, logistical and financial support.”

The WWF responded immediately, requesting Buzzfeed share its information in order to conduct a thorough investigation.

"We have asked BuzzFeed to share all evidence it has obtained to support these claims, to help inform and strengthen this review. We see it as our urgent responsibility to get to the bottom of the allegations BuzzFeed has made, and we recognize the importance of such scrutiny,” the WWF said.

“Any breach of these policies is unacceptable to us and, should the review uncover any, we are committed to taking swift action,” the organization assured.

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