Media Advisory, December 7, 2020

Contact:

Steve Jones, Center for Biological Diversity, (415) 305-3866, sjones@biologicaldiversity.org
Brett Nadrich, Break Free From Plastic, (929) 269-4480, brett@breakfreefromplastic.org

Online Press Conference to Launch Presidential Plastics Action Plan on Dec. 8

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

WASHINGTON — 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 environmental justice, political, science, legal and academic experts and advocates.

The plan responds to the plastic industry’s aggressive expansion 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 press conference will lay 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: Noon to 1 p.m. EST, 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 PhD student Imari Walker; and engineer Jan Dell, founder of The Last Beach Cleanup. Dianna Cohen, founder of Plastic Pollution Coalition, will moderate. Actress and activist Rosario Dawson will also offer her support.

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.

Break Free From Plastic is a global movement envisioning a future free from plastic pollution. Since its launch in 2016, more than 11,000 organizations and individual supporters from across the world have joined the movement to demand massive reductions in single-use plastics and to push for lasting solutions to the plastic pollution crisis.