The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is now twice as large as Texas. A juvenile sperm whale was just found dead with 64 pounds of plastic trash in its stomach. We are drowning in plastics. It's clear our planet is facing a plastic pollution crisis.
If we continue to trash our planet this way, it's estimated that by 2050 our oceans will have more plastic than fish.
Recycling just isn't cutting it. It's time to address this overwhelming problem with aggressive solutions. Unfortunately, the current leadership of the EPA seems more focused on weakening environmental rules and our using tax dollars to live like the 1%. We need the states to act.
Urge California, New York, Washington and YOUR STATE to confront our plastic problem head-on, and begin a phase out of all single-use plastics.
It's radical, but not impossible. Over a hundred cities have already banned polystyrene take-out containers, and California has banned single-use grocery bags. But we need a larger, more ambitious effort.
The only way we can beat the plastics industry, and their polluting partners the oil and gas corporations, is with a massive citizen outcry. Please sign and share this petition as widely as possible.
We're amplifying the call of the LA Times for California to lead the charge, and for every state to follow suit. Our oceans, our fisheries, and our future all demand our action.
Petition image of a dead sperm whale with plastic trash in its mouth courtesy of Richard Humphrey.