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President Biden: Act to solve the plastic pollution crisis

President Biden has promised to become a climate champion — that must include tackling the plastic pollution crisis

by Kate Melges

January 26, 2021

President Biden has promised to become a climate champion — that must include tackling the plastic pollution crisis

© Pedro Armestre / Greenpeace

Last week, Joe Biden was officially inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States, and we have a new year’s resolution for him — to act swiftly in tackling the plastic pollution crisis that is harming the U.S and the globe.

This leadership cannot wait! The United States is facing a plastic pollution crisis that is impacting the planet and our communities at every level of its lifecycle.

Beyond poisoning our oceans and marine life with plastic waste, the fossil fuel industry — makers of plastic — are fueling the climate crisis and harming Black, Brown, and frontline communities living in and near petrochemical facilities and extraction zones.

As we welcome the new Congress, we are closer than ever before to passing the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act — the pioneering federal legislation to hold corporations accountable for the plastic pollution crisis. However, we don’t have to wait for Congress to act, and our communities can’t afford to wait! President Biden has the power to take immediate action during his first year in office by issuing executive actions to help tackle plastic pollution, and we must demand it.

Add your name today to urge President Joe Biden to take immediate action through executive orders to tackle the plastic pollution crisis!

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This urgency is why Greenpeace and a coalition of more than 600 organizations are calling on President Biden to commit to eight sweeping executive actions during his first year in office to put the U.S. on a path towards a plastic free future.

These priority actions will be instrumental in tackling the plastic crisis by:

  1. Using the purchasing power of the federal government to eliminate single-use plastic items and replace them with reusable products
  2. Suspending and denying permits for new or expanded plastic production facilities, associated infrastructure projects, and exports
  3. Making corporate polluters pay and reject false solutions
  4. Advancing environmental justice in petrochemical corridors
  5. Updating existing federal regulations to curtail pollution from plastic facilities by using best available science and technology
  6. Stopping subsidizing plastics producers
  7. Joining international efforts to establish binding commitments to reduce plastic production and eliminate single-use plastics
  8. Reducing and mitigating the impacts of discarded and lost fishing gear

Demand President Joe Biden take executive action to tackle the plastic pollution crisis during his first year in office.

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Biden can be the President to lead the United States towards a fundamental transformation of the plastics economy, one that reduces the amount of plastic produced and shifts responsibility for plastic pollution onto corporations. Let’s demand it!

Add your name now to demand President Joe Biden take real action against the plastic pollution crisis by issuing these eight key executive orders in his first year of office.

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Thank you for taking action.
Kate Melges, Greenpeace USA
Senior Plastic Campaigner

P.S. President Biden has promised to become a climate champion — that must include tackling the plastic pollution crisis. Let’s work together to amplify the movement to demand Biden issue transformative executive actions during his first year in office to put us on a path towards a plastic-free future.

Kate Melges

By Kate Melges

Kate Melges is an oceans campaigner based in Seattle. She leads Greenpeace’s Ocean Plastics work. Kate’s focus is ending the flow of plastic pollution into the ocean.

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