Sponsored by Biological Diversity
Updates and Actions from #PlasticFreePresident
President Biden’s 100th day in office is fast approaching. While the administration has issued executive orders focused on environmental justice and climate action, the administration hasn’t committed to acting on plastics. The plastic pollution crisis is a climate and environmental justice problem. We demand bold action on plastics, from production to the waste stream. Over the past few months, BV has had a few meetings with EPA staff about the plan, and it’s clear that they aren’t ready to take the bold actions we’re asking for. It’s time for our movement to apply pressure!
AMPLIFY! 100K Petition Signatures!
On Monday, May 3rd at 10am PST Biological Diversity will symbolically deliver 100K petition signatures endorsing the Plastic Free President Platform to the Biden administration. A small group will gather at the San Francisco EPA Office to deliver the petition. There will be chants, signs and speeches. This will mark the end of President Biden’s first 100 days. For COVID-19 safety, we will not be recruiting for the physical petition delivery event. However, BV will be livestreaming the event on Facebook and need your help in amplifying! For more information, check out this 1-pager.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
1. Event will be livestreamed here: biodiv.us/plastic-free-live
2. Tweet at @JoeBiden @POTUS:
100K people are calling on @JoeBiden @POTUS to take bold action on plastics 100 days into the administration. The future of our climate and the safety of frontline communities depends on it. #PlasticFreePresident #BreakFreeFromPlastic
Sign Letter Demanding Administration Ratify Basel Convention
The Plastic Free President Platform calls on the administration to address plastic pollution internationally. The Basel Action Network (BAN) is circulating a letter calling on the administration to consider the international environmental justice implications of plastic waste exports and ratify the Basel Convention. The letter will be sent to President Biden, Secretary Blinken, Administrator Regan, and Chair Mallory. Please sign onto the letter using this form by COB Monday, May 10th.
Submit Public Comment to the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council
The White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council (WHEJAC) advises the Federal Government on how to address environmental injustice. The council is holding two public meetings and accepting public comment. This is an opportunity to elevate plastic production, waste, and incineration as environmental justice issues and call for the Federal Government to act on plastics. Register for the May 13 meeting here. More information on this EPA page.
LASTLY - BUT JUST AS IMPORTANT ! :
BREAK FREE FROM PLASTIC POLLUTION ACT
Introduced to Congress this year
Please make a call or send an email to House Representative Vern Buchanan to ask him to support this very important initiative.
(202) 225-5015 Washington DC Office
(941) 951-6643 Sarasota Office
Thank you !