Oregon citizens, senators rally online to address plastic pollution crisis

When it comes to addressing our plastic waste crisis, Oregonians are aiming high.

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Mary Katherine Moore
Creative Associate

Author: Mary Katherine Moore

Creative Associate

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., magna cum laude, Boston University

Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.

When it comes to addressing our plastic waste crisis, Oregonians are aiming high.

On March 15, Environment Oregon hosted a virtual Rise Above Plastic Pollution Day, alongside other environmental groups, U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, state Rep. Janeen Sollman, and dozens of Oregonians from across the state. The event highlighted Oregonians’ efforts to stem the tide of plastic pollution. From a research lab at Oregon State University to the halls of the U.S. Capitol, these efforts are taking aim at curbing the 33 billion pounds of plastic that enter our marine environment each year.

“Nobody wants their children ingesting dangerous chemicals and microscopic plastics. And plastic production is a major driver of pollution accelerating the climate crisis.” said Sen. Merkley. “Our kids' health and futures depend on America solving this problem.”

Environment Oregon is also advocating for the passage of Sen. Merkley’s Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act bill, which would significantly curb our nation’s plastic use. 

 

Read more about the rally.

Learn more about our Wildlife Over Waste campaign.

 

ACT NOW

Moving beyond plastic foam is something we can do right now, right here. If we win, we’ll see a difference in cleaner beaches and parks, and we’ll know it’s making a difference to the wildlife in our rivers, lakes and oceans.

Let’s choose wildlife over waste. Tell our governor and lawmakers to ban plastic foam take-out cups and containers.

Photo: U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley’s Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act would ban many of the worst single-use plastics and shift the responsibility of cleaning up plastics from consumers to plastic producers. Credit: Staff.

Mary Katherine Moore
Creative Associate

Author: Mary Katherine Moore

Creative Associate

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., magna cum laude, Boston University

Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.