Media Advisory, December 4, 2020

Contact:

Steve Jones, (415) 305-3866, sjones@biologicaldiversity.org
Delia Ridge Creamer, (617) 990-7733, dcreamer@biologicaldiversity.org

Light Projections, Press Conference Launch Presidential Plastics Action Plan

550 Groups Urge President-elect Biden to Stop New Plastic Projects, Regulate Petrochemical Industry, Reduce Plastic Pollution

SAN FRANCISCO— Local advocates for federal action to address the plastic pollution crisis will be projecting anti-plastic messages onto the Embarcadero Pier 39 Public Parking Garage on Monday night, Dec. 8, starting at 6 p.m., to help promote the Presidential Plastic Action Plan that’s being released the next day. They’ll be joined by similar displays in New Orleans, Houston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

“We’re projecting our outrage at the federal failure to address the plastic pollution crisis and our hopes that Biden will take action,” said Delia Ridge Creamer, an organizer at the Center for Biological Diversity. “These nationwide direct-action events preview our comprehensive Presidential Plastics Action Plan. We’re urging President-elect Biden to transform our extractive, throwaway economy and take urgently needed steps toward a plastic-pollution-free future.”

The light projections will have different themes in different cities. San Francisco’s messages include “Regulate Plastic Pollution” and “Plastic Kills Marine Life,” a reference to the lost and abandoned fishing gear accumulating in the Pacific Ocean and can choke or entangle whales and other marine animals.

A coalition of more than 550 community and conservation organizations plans to publicly release its Presidential Plastic Action Plan on Dec. 8. The plan urges President-elect Biden to address the plastic pollution crisis with a series of executive orders shortly after taking office. A virtual press conference discussing the plan will include prominent experts and advocates.

The plan responds to the plastic industry’s aggressive expansion of facilities using the country’s oversupply of fracked gas to make throwaway plastic that fills our oceans, landfills and landscapes. Petrochemical-plastic projects harm frontline communities with toxic air and water pollution and worsen the climate crisis. The plan lays out how Biden can make meaningful progress through executive orders alone, without any help from Congress.

WHAT: Press conference on Presidential Plastic Action Plan, which will be released as the press conference begins. Conference will be conducted in English and Spanish.

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. (Pacific time), Monday, Dec. 8.

WHERE: Zoom, https://biologicaldiversity-org.zoom.us/j/87504965064

WHO: Speakers include grassroots advocate Yvette Arellano; Sharon Lavigne with RISE St. James; Diane Wilson, who exposed Formosa Plastics’ nurdle pollution in Texas and won a record settlement; U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), sponsor of the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2020; Center for Biological Diversity Senior Attorney Julie Teel Simmonds; Surfrider Foundation Legal Director Angela Howe; scientist Pete Myers, founder of Environmental Health News; plastic pollution activist and Duke University Ph.D. student Imari Walker; and engineer Jan Dell, founder of The Last Beach Cleanup. Actress and activist Rosario Dawson will also offer her support by video.

Click here for a full list of the groups convening and supporting the plan.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.7 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

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