Plastics Everywhere!!! Investigating the Other Pandemic

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Plastics: The Other Pandemic
A Webinar with Journalists
Alex Hartzog
and Maura Stephens

Sunday, September 26 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern
(or find your time anywhere)


Gentle Earthlings,

As summer winds down in the Northern Hemisphere and Covid continues to mutate and rage around the globe, our thoughts turn to insulation against the cold and readying the least ecologically harmful indoor heating systems we can manage. And to being indoors again, without the ease of socializing outdoors that summer months have allowed us. Can we survive another winter of isolation? Yes, because there’s so much work to be done, and we can keep connected via the technologies that have helped keep us activated thus far.

And there’s no shortage of things to be activating about, nor movements to join or support.

But let’s celebrate some recent good news:

After a hard-fought decade-long fight, the EPA finally ruled on one of the toxic organophosphate chemicals used in agriculture, and banned chlorpyrifos. EarthJustice led the legal battle against the pesticide industry, which nearly succeeded in talking the EPA out of the ban as it considers one organophospate at a time. The big ag industry continues to sicken us.

This week a New York State Supreme Court (the state’s second-highest court) judge gave a short-term reprieve in favor of Sane Energy Project and Brooklyn residents suing a monstrous fossil-fuel project, whose lawyer even, disgustingly, argued that the plaintiffs, representing residents -- mostly people of color and poor people – in harm’s way, should pay National Grid for its business losses during a hard-won stay of work. The fossil fuel industry continues to nauseate us.

And in Louisiana’s “Cancer Alley,” environmental justice activists are celebrating an order by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a long overdue environmental review of a proposed 2,000-acre Formosa Plastics complex. Local groups representing the mostly Black and low-income communities that would be affected by the $9.4+ billion petrochemical plant have been fighting for this minimal environmental income statement. Previous analyses have shown the facility would emit 13.6 million metric tons of greenhouse gases and hundreds of tons of toxic air pollutants per year.

Speaking of plastics, this week we’re publishing Part 1 of a three-part series on Plastics: The Other Pandemic written by SCNCC’s summer intern Alex Hartzog in collaboration with our editors. You won’t want to miss it.

And please mark your calendar for the next webinar in our ongoing series, Sunday, September 26, 2021, 10am Pacific, 11am Mountain, noon Central, 1 pm Eastern (US/Canada). (Check the time in your timezone here.) In it Alex Hartzog and SCNCC’s Maura Stephens will go into more depth on the Plastics Plague and how we might better deal with it.


Register now for Zoom. We will also livestream this event on our Facebook page and later post a recording on our YouTube channel.

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Photo: A seahorse glides amidst a sea of plastics. Photo by Rich Carey/Shutterstock

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