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Plastic Pollution ... Your Signature is Needed: 91% of plastic in United States ends up being thrown away

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Peter Burgess
Conversation opened. 1 unread message. Your Signature is Needed: 91% of plastic in United States ends up being thrown away Inbox Friends of the Earth Unsubscribe 11:55 AM (4 minutes ago) to me Dear Peter, Tell Congress to protect people, wildlife, and the planet from plastic pollution. Plastic is accumulating on our beaches and in our oceans. There could be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050. Take action now. Corporations love plastic. Thanks to the fracking boom, it’s cheap for the fossil fuel industry to create. So oil and gas companies are pushing plastic consumption -- including the widespread use of one-use plastics -- to line their pockets. But the plastic waste problem has become massive: in the United States 91% of plastic ends up being thrown away, never recycled. Some of it ultimately ends up in our oceans, where it harms or kills marine wildlife. Peter, call on Congress to protect our planet by supporting the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act. Demand Congress address the plastic crisis before it overruns our planet. Plastic pollution kills over a million marine creatures annually, including turtles, dolphins, whales, and sea birds. And plastics don’t disappear. They just break down into smaller and smaller pieces until they become microplastics. But plastic also impacts humans. On average, people ingest the equivalent of a credit card each week. That’s right -- if you’re an average person, you are likely consuming an average of 5 grams of plastic per week. Microplastics can be found in everyday foods and drinks -- like beer, salt, shellfish and even drinking water! Tell Congress you do not want to be exposed to more plastic in your food and water. Stop plastic polluters. Plastic production also worsens the climate crisis. More than 99% of plastic is created from fossil fuels. The emissions from creating plastic could soon reach the equivalent of 300 coal-fired power plants. Finally, our country is one of the worst plastic offenders, which is why Congress needs to take action. The United States produces the most plastic waste per capita of any country -- then ships a large portion abroad to countries that are already struggling to maintain their own waste effectively. Plastic is polluting our entire planet, from the beaches to the deepest depths of our oceans. Congress must address this crisis and stop Big Polluters from destroying our health, land, air, and sea. Demand the United States break free from plastic and stop the pollution at its source! Michelle Chan, VP of programs, Friends of the Earth Contact Us: Friends of the Earth U.S. Washington, D.C. | Berkeley, CA 1-877-843-8687 Learn more: www.foe.org/news www.foe.org/about-us www.foeaction.org © 2017, Friends of the Earth. All Rights Reserved.
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