Thank you! 345,606 petitions delivered calling for a stronger plastics treaty

Late yesterday, Plastic Pollution Coalition along with many other organizations from the Break Free From Plastic allies delivered 345,606 petition signatures from civil society calling on the Biden administration to negotiate a legally binding treaty that centers impacted communities, public health, and human rights while acknowledging the myriad impacts that plastic poses at all stages … Read more

EPA: Approve life-saving protections and safeguard California’s health and air quality!

In a victory for people and climate, the California Air Resources Board amended the Commercial Harbor Craft Rule in 2022, setting the first zero-emissions mandate for ferries in the U.S and requiring cleaner engine upgrades for tugboats and other regulated vessels. However, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has yet to approve these lifesaving amendments. … Read more

It’s time to kick fossil-fueled ships out of the Arctic

By James Gamble, Senior Director, Arctic Program Home to imperiled polar bears, bowhead whales and more than 5,000 species of wildlife, the Arctic is feeling the brunt of climate change more than any other region in the world. Snow and ice are melting at an increasing rate – contributing to rising sea levels and causing … Read more

Igniting a Reuse Revolution in China’s War Against Plastic Waste

Originally posted on the Wilson Center’s New Security Beat blog. China has rapidly moved to address escalating food and beverage packaging waste, including the 2018 ban on importing plastic recyclables, the implementation of extensive urban waste sorting pilots, and the 2022 prohibition of non-biodegradable single-use plastics. But China’s plastic mountains are still growing. While exerting … Read more

E&E News: Meet the boss of a West Coast green group

Originally published by E&E News here E&E NEWS PM | Shannon Wright, a longtime environmental advocate whose resume includes stints with Greenpeace and Amazon Watch, is the new leader of the San Francisco-based group Pacific Environment. She took over in January as executive director of the group that’s aimed at protecting the environment and wildlife in … Read more

Our Top 7 of 2018

Here are seven accomplishments I’m especially proud of this year. They would not have been possible without your generosity and passion. We won strong international protections for Arctic and Alaskan communities and wildlife. New rules now require ships to avoid fragile marine ecosystems around three islands in the Bering Sea (Nunivak Island, St. Lawrence Island, and King Island)—reducing the … Read more

#GivingTuesday: Stop Plastic Pollution

Will you chip in to help us meet our goal of raising $1,000 this #GivingTuesday? Every gift helps. Your #GivingTuesday donation will help support 4 waste audits in January 2019. Why waste audits? Because they are a critical first step to designing zero waste solutions that will help cut down on ocean plastic pollution. By sorting through … Read more

Building Zero Waste Campaigns in Vietnam

Southeast Asia, and especially Vietnam, is becoming the world’s new dumping ground. Following China’s recent import ban on recyclables, the influx of shipments of international plastic waste has been outpacing the construction of recycling facilities, piling up in Vietnam’s ports and triggering a temporary ban on plastic imports this past summer. Will Vietnam hold strong … Read more

Check Out Grassroots Coal Films

Grassroots activists are at the forefront of the fight for a just transition to clean energy. This fight has only become more urgent with the recent U.N. report by climate scientists calling for immediate and radical reduction of carbon pollution worldwide to avert catastrophic climate change. To shine a spotlight on the brave grassroots heroes … Read more

This is What Climate Change Looks Like in Alaska—Right Now

In Utqiaġvik, Alaska, the northernmost community in the United States, last winter’s temperatures were so warm that algorithms in weather monitoring stations were flagging them as false. Biologist Craig George says “the term is no longer ‘climate change’ in Utqiaġvik, it’s ‘climate changed.’” With Alaska and the rest of the Arctic warming twice as fast … Read more