A report from the UN environment group found that plastic and its corresponding pollution is disproportionately affecting marginalized communities in multiple ways the agency announced in a news release.

The report, “Neglected: Environmental Justice Impacts of Plastic Pollution,” was produced by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Azul. It not only outlines the ways in which marginalized groups are negatively impacted “at all stages of the production cycle,” but also includes recommendations for leaders to mitigate these effects through research, policy change, plastic producer accountability. The goal of the report is to empower local groups to advocate for decision-making and avoid environmental injustices linked with plastic pollution.

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Environmental injustices including deforestation, displacement, and water contamination are all linked to plastic production. In many cases, oil drilling is the source of contamination, deforestation, and displacement.

“Environmental justice means educating those on the frontlines of plastic pollution about its risks, including them in decisions about its production, use, and disposal, and ensuring their access to a credible judicial system”, said Inger Andersen, UNEP Executive Director.

Plastic waste, too, is increasingly a burden for disadvantaged communities and the impact of plastic exists at all stages of production, from raw material extraction through disposal. Waste affects those that rely on marine resources and those that eat fish that have ingested plastic.

Sign this petition to demand that Biden and Congress work together to save our oceans, our marine animals, and our Earth by banning single-use plastics throughout the entire United States!

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There are products you may be using or habits you may have that contribute to plastic pollution. Learn more about how the use of Teabags, Cotton Swabs, Laundry, Contact Lenses, Glitter, and Sheet Masks pollute our oceans so you can make more informed decisions going forward. There are also numerous simple actions and switches that can help cut plastic out of our lives including, making your own cosmetics, shampoo, toothpaste, soap, household cleaners, using mason jars, reusable bags/bottles/straws, and avoiding microbeads

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