Every day, people are throwing away tons of single-use cups, containers and other plastic “stuff.” Among the worst forms of plastic pollution is polystyrene foam (the stuff most of us call Styrofoam), which never fully degrades. Nothing we use for a few minutes should be allowed to pollute our oceans and rivers and threaten wildlife for centuries.
A report by Environment America Research & Policy Center, U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Frontier Group
Written by Bryn Huxley-Reicher, Frontier Group; Morgan Folger, Environment America Research & Policy Center; Matt Casale, U.S. PIRG Education Fund
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Written by Morgan Folger, Environment America Research & Policy Center, Matt Casale, U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Elizabeth Ridlington and Gideon Weissman, Frontier Group
A report by Frontier Group, U.S. PIRG Education Fund, and Environment America Research and Policy Center
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From the Grand Canyon to local hiking trails, our public lands are a big part of what makes this country so great. These wild forests, mountains, lakes and prairies are home to important ecosystems and wildlife. They’re where we go to spend time outdoors with our families and friends to hike, bike, fish and see wildlife.
For most Americans, the idea that we’ve found some places so special, sacred even, that we made sure they would be protected forever, is one of our proudest achievements. And with the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), we’ve been able to do just that.
The people who take action to clean up and protect our rivers, lakes and streams need all the help they can get. Since 2014, our Clean Water Network has connected these local heroes with each other, uniting more than 250 local and regional watershed groups around the country so they can be more effective champions for clean water.
A garbage truck worth of plastic waste enters our oceans every minute — and once there, it can injure or kill birds and marine animals such as sea turtles. A major source of this pollution? Single-use plastic packaging, like the kind that comes with the food you buy at the grocery store. In order to turn the tide on plastic pollution, we need corporations to do their part to eliminate single-use plastic packaging.
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