plastic

What’s one thing you wouldn’t expect at the bottom of the deepest natural trench in the world? Plastic pollution. But scientists have now found plastic in organisms in the Mariana trench.1     Plastic pollution enters the environment by the ton. Plastic foam never fully degrades, meaning every single bit of polystyrene foam ever made is still out there, polluting our oceans and threatening […]
River (public domain photo)

Plastic pollution is one of the greatest threats to our oceans. Environmental Action is tackling the issue, but we need your help.The Threat of Plastic Pollution Plastic litter breaks up in the environment, forming tiny, insidious particles called “microplastics.” It’s been clear for some time that this kind of pollution is harming the ocean, but now we know: microplastics are far […]

Together, we’re working hard to stand up for the wildlife and wild places that make our planet amazing.   Conservationist and author Edward Abbey once said, “Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.”Over the past few months, many of our country’s wild places and wild creatures have been put at risk. Plastic is piling up in our […]
Plastic straw (Photo: Anemone123, Pixabay)

Plastic pollution threatens wildlife and the environment, but your message to Chipotle can help reduce plastic waste.Chipotle and Plastic Straws First, it was McDonald’s in the United Kingdom… and a test here in the US.1 Then, it was Starbucks.2 Then, Ikea, America Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Hyatt Hotels, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Sea World.They’ve all announced they’ll no longer be handing out […]
Environmental Action at Work: Protecting our coasts. Photo: IrinaK/Shutterstock

Our oceans are choked with plastic, and the animals that live there are suffering for it. Download and print several copies of this letter, and then take them to businesses near you to encourage local businesses to stop using polystyrene.    Last month, a whale died in Thailand after swallowing 17 pounds of plastic. In April, a dead sperm whale washed ashore […]
Plastic foam threatens wildlife, human health and the planet

A World Health Organization (WHO) working group just announced that they have concluded that styrene, a foundational component of polystyrene foam, probably causes cancer.1 In addition to this plastic foam polluting our rivers, lakes and oceans, and harming wildlife, it also risks human health.If enough of us speak up, we can convince our leaders to ban harmful plastic foam. Add […]
tax bill threatens polar bears

Check out this week’s Environmental Action shares and help spread the word about these stories…Shares for FacebookShares for TwitterPlease support Environmental Action’s 50-state campaign to ban polystyrene pollution that harms whales, sea turtles and other wildlife. Donate to help: https://t.co/IxYSFP39SC pic.twitter.com/NkON7IJl2A— Environmental Action (@EnviroAction) June 1, 2018Selling off the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to the industry most responsible for warming the […]
Urge McDonald's to stop pushing plastic straws. | Erin Simmons, Unsplash

McDonald’s is one of the largest distributors of plastic straws in the world — straws that wind up polluting our ocean and environment and harming sea turtles, whales and other wildlife. The fast food chain is already phasing out straws in their UK restaurants. Help us convince McDonald’s to do the same in the US.Plastic Straws Threaten the Environment We’re going […]
Sperm whale and calf (Photo: Gabriel Barathieu via WikiMedia CC 2.0)

Whales and other wildlife should not have their lives put at risk from our garbage. Can you take action today to help?The Threat to Whales In early April, a young sperm whale washed up on a beach in Spain with 64 pounds of human-made trash in its digestive system. The whale died of inflammation of its abdominal lining — the amount […]