Plastic is literally taking over the world. The environmental and health problems are growing exponentially, and there is no way we can “recycle” our way out. What can we do?
First, demand that the petrochemical industries of the world stop producing single use plastic. The problem with plastic is not simply one of demand — a demand which has been cynically created and amplified by fossil fuel and chemical companies. Join forces with others to demand change. And don’t fall for the “greenwashing” that companies use to claim their products are environmentally friendly, recyclable, biodegradable, etc.
Second, fight against pollution of our air, water, and land. Pollution is a severe health problem globally, and locally. Microscopic plastic particles are in our bodies and our children’s bodies — we eat, drink and breathe it (See https://www.consumerreports.org/health-wellness/how-to-eat-less-plastic-microplastics-in-food-water/). The oil and gas that are extracted to make plastic are major causes of the climate emergency, which threatens to make our planet uninhabitable.
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