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Let's talk about plastic pollution on this Earth Day

On this Earth Day, we can all celebrate the fact that the Inflation Reduction Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law are the biggest investments America has ever made to tackle the climate crisis.

But we can't rest on our laurels. After all, we have a LOT of work still to do – to defend those investments from the corporate lobbyists that are teaming up with the MAGA extremists to turn the clock back; and to press ahead to reduce climate pollution wherever we can.

Here's one thing I've been thinking a lot about lately: plastic pollution.

Plastic is everywhere. And especially, plastic is overwhelming our oceans.

We are at the point where some studies are finding more microplastics in the ocean than zooplankton, a vital link in the ocean's food chain. And some reports project that by 2050 we will have more plastic waste in the ocean than fish.

Think about that: Unless we act, our oceans will soon have more plastic than fish.

These microplastics get into our drinking water, our food, and our bodies. These polymers have devastating long-term health effects for people, as well as animals, fish, and birds. And plastic production is a huge contributor to carbon pollution driving the climate crisis.

We need action, and we need it now.

Here's what you can do to help on this Earth Day: Plant a tree, pick up litter, make a plan to use less plastic, and make a donation to Climate Champions – my grassroots campaign to elect more leaders in Congress who will join us in this fight for humanity.



Posted on April 22, 2023.

Born in the small town of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, Jeff Merkley has never lost touch with his working class roots.

As a U.S. Senator, he works every day to create opportunity for working families, stop the corruption of our democracy, and tackle the climate crisis.

A workhorse and a progressive champion, Jeff Merkley is leading a movement to get our country back on track.

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