As Trash Isles picks up recognition worldwide, the United Nations have now responded to LADbible's pending application.

In an official press conference from New York City, Stéphane Dujarric - spokesman for the U.N.'s Secretary-General - openly addressed our environmental campaign.

As you can see in the video, he stated: "I think [Trash Isles] is creative and innovative. But the chances of it being accepted are fairly nil."

Credit: The U.N.

With more than 132,000 country citizens so far, it's an honour to receive huge praise for our movement. However, 'fairly nil' doesn't roll too tastily off the tongue, and our collective goals are great. So, we're not stopping there, Stéphane...

LADbible and Plastic Oceans Foundation are flying a welcome pack Stateside to Mr Dujarric in the hope of him joining our new country. It just so happens to be a direct flight path over Trash Isles in the Pacific, too.

The pack will include a bespoke Trash Isles passport, a postcard with our citizens' response and a certificate of honorary citizenship. Everything he would need to emigrate there today.

To Mr Dujarric, our citizens say this: We plan to become the world's 196th country, and our efforts to do so will help abolish plastic pollution and save our oceans.

We wrote in our postcard: "Our application is a bit of an uphill battle, but we are optimists and see your odds of 'fairly nil' as significantly better than just nil."

We followed this up with: "If the UN were asked 50 years ago if there was a chance an area of trash cumulatively the size of France would form in the North Pacific, they'd say 'fairly nil'. But look at us now."

Wouldn't you agree?

If Mr Dujarric accepts, he'll join our growing list of influential everyday hero ambassadors. This includes plastic pollution campaigner and educator Sarah Roberts along with ex-surfer/photographer Tim Nunn, who documents plastic pollution around the world.

We also already have household names such stage and screen superstar Dame Judi Dench, Olympic champion Mo Farah, former US Vice President Al Gore and actor Ross Kemp pledging their support. And we are recruiting more famous faces in the upcoming months.

We won't rest until Trash Isles is awarded an official country status, and we can't let a passing quote at U.N. H.Q. shrink our hopes.

So, tell your friends, family and basically everyone you know to become a citizen today. Let's grow the Trash Isles population to an influential size so that Mr Dujarric - and the United Nations - cannot simply brush it aside.

LADbible has claimed the world's first country made entirely of trash to highlight the issue of plastic pollution in our oceans.

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