Disgusting – the only way to describe Coca-Cola’s sponsoring of COP27

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There is only one way to describe the announcement by The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) that they have accepted Coca-Cola as a corporate sponsor of COP27 which will be held in in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, from 6 to 18 November 2022. DISGUSTING is the description!

It is disgusting because Coca-Cola has been identified as the world’s leading plastic polluter globally. The company is also responsible of enabling fossil fuels contribution to the climate crisis , unsustainable use of water resources, and negative impacts on communities.

In 2021 we conducted a brand audit which found Coca-Cola contributes almost half of all PET bottles waste in Kenya.

Coca-Cola was found to be the leading polluter of PET in Kenya in 2021.

It is therefore disgusting that a company that contributes tremendously to plastic pollution and climate crisis can be accepted by a global body meant to find solutions to these problems as a sponsor.

We therefore demand that UNFCC and the Government of Egypt revokes Coca-Cola’s sponsorship of this important conference. We further ask that the global civil society and activists add their voice in condemning this sponsorship. We also ask that the civil society and activists should consider boycotting COP27, if the sponsorship will not be cancelled.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Betterman Simidi Musasia

Founder, Patron and Spokesperson, Former CEO

Betterman is a sustainable public sanitation advocate and a pollution control evangelist. In 2015, after becoming extremely tired of seeing all the trash in Kenyan neighborhoods and hearing the authorities fake promises to clear the mess, he sold his trucking business to establish Clean Up Kenya. Today, the organization is a leading national sustainable public sanitation advocacy brand. In September 2020, he stepped down as Clean Up Kenya Chief Executive Officer and currently serves as Founder and Patron.

ABOUT CLEAN UP KENYA

Clean Up Kenya was established in 2015 to advocate for and promote sustainable public sanitation in Kenya. Since then we have become the de-facto national public sanitation advocacy brand. We are also experts in community mobilizing for cleanups. We have done numerous cleanups over the years, some of which have been attended by over 1000 volunteers on singular sites. These cleanups are meant to increase visibility on the problem of waste and it is therefore common to see our volunteers in bibs with one message, ‘Clean Up Kenya’. At the core of our work is honest and actual engagement in communities – not PR events. We also run advocacy campaigns holding duty bodies, consumer brands, green-washing NGOs, and other stakeholders to account for unsustainable public sanitation in Kenya and the global South. We receive no funding for our work but collaborate with others on projects.