Practically every kind of animal, from plankton to whales, is now contaminated by plastic. It's in the birds, in the turtles, in the fish. At the current rate, we could have 1 ton of plastics for every 3 tons of fish by 2025.
Adidas, I am a fan, so I write to you out of love. I grew up with your stripes on my feet singing Run DMC's "My Adidas!" I am also an environmental attorney with an expertise in plastic pollution, so I write to you out of my concern for the oceans.
If you have visited the beach recently, you, too, know that ocean trash is a problem. You've likely seen cigarette butts littering the sand and grocery bags floating in the surf like plastic jellyfish. Unfortunately, the trash we see from shore is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
In the long run, we need to fundamentally change our manufacturing paradigm, including how we produce, collect and reuse the range of products we depend upon every day. But in the short run, we have to stop the flow of plastics reaching the ocean.
Politicizing the environment makes for bad government and pandering to a special interest constituency is no justification for trading the benefit and betterment of our environment for the privilege and profit of a select few.
Our plastic footprint is on remote beaches, in isolated patches of ocean and in the stomachs of wild endangered animals. But there's nothing convenient about our future with plastic. We have a lot of work to do to reverse this mess.
Kyra Sedgwick, film actress and star of television's popular show The Closer, is using her famed communications skills to educate the public and world leaders about something that really upsets her: single-use plastics.
It's corporate bullying by the plastic industry to make cities and counties think twice before passing environmental laws that cut into their profits, laws that are supported by the majority of residents who prefer to live in clean communities.