Her post about Mtn View's plastic food-ware ban sums up her articles:
Plastic pollution is not only a waste problem and health problem but also an urgent fossil fuel problem. In the US, plastic is almost always sourced from fracked natural gas. At every stage in its life cycle, especially manufacturing, plastic produces significant emissions. Yet the petrochemical industry is investing billions to expand plastic production by an estimated 40 percent over the next few decades. They're using plastic to compensate for decreasing profits as Americans turn to more sustainable sources of energy. According to a recent report from the Center on International Environmental Law, emissions from plastic threaten the world’s ability to keep temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius.
The California Plastic Waste Reduction Regulations Initiative has qualified for the ballot in California as an initiated state statute on Nov. 8, 2022:
The Story of Plastic movie is streaming for free on Discovery’s YouTube Channel through Nov. 30, 2021: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCNanJNJ8JA
The Plastic Problem Is a Fossil Fuel Problem by Patricia Albers
Part I: Extraction and Transport
We think of plastic as a recycling headache. It’s also a social justice issue, a public health worry, and a fossil fuel problem https://www.350siliconvalley.org/post/the-plastic-problem-is-a-fossil-fuel-problem-part-i-extraction-and-transport
Part II: Refining and Manufacturing
In this week's installment, we'll be discussing the toxic refining and manufacturing processes that make plastic. https://www.350siliconvalley.org/post/the-plastic-problem-is-a-fossil-fuel-problem-part-ii-refining-and-manufacturing
Part III: Waste Management
We explore waste management — and lack there of — when it comes to plastic. https://www.350siliconvalley.org/post/the-plastic-problem-is-a-fossil-fuel-problem-part-iii-waste-management
Part IV: Plastic in the Environment
In this final installment of the series, we are highlighting the climate impact of plastic in the natural environment. https://www.350siliconvalley.org/post/the-plastic-problem-is-a-fossil-fuel-problem-part-iv-plastic-in-the-environmentsil-fuel-problem-part-iii-waste-management
Learn more about 350 Silicon Valley’s work to regulate plastics and/or join our team: firstname.lastname@example.org.