September 29 Webinar Plastics & Climate: How Single-Use Packaging is Fueling the Crisis

September 29, 2021 , 5:00 pm 6:00 pm Washington, DC

Over 99% of plastic is made from fossil fuels, and greenhouse gases are emitted at every stage of the plastics life cycle. Yet, even as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that “climate change is widespread, rapid, and intensifying,” big brands like Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestlé (including BlueTriton, formerly Nestlé Waters North America) are increasing their production of single-use plastics and packaging—driving a petrochemical expansion that threatens the global climate as well as communities and ecosystems around the world.

This webinar will feature Judith Enck, President of Beyond Plastics and former Regional Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama, who will discuss the nexus between plastic production and climate change, including the immense environmental justice impacts, and Graham Forbes, Global Project Leader of the Plastic-Free Future campaign at Greenpeace, who will discuss how consumer goods companies’ reliance on single-use plastic packaging is providing a lifeline for Big Oil. This important conversation is especially relevant ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference 2021 in November, where world leaders are scheduled to gather in Glasgow, Scotland, with the goal to accelerate action on climate change.

DATE: Wed., September 29
TIME: 2-3 pm PT | 5-6 pm ET
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Judith Enck
Beyond Plastics

Judith founded Beyond Plastics in 2019 to end plastic pollution through education, advocacy, and institutional change. Passionate about protecting public health and the environment, she teaches classes on plastic pollution as a Senior Fellow and visiting faculty member at Bennington College, and was recently a Visiting Scholar at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University.

Judith has held top influential positions in state and federal government. Appointed by President Obama, she served as the Regional Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, overseeing environmental protections in NY, NJ, eight Indian Nations, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands – in addition to managing a staff of 800 and a $700M budget.

Previously, Judith served as Deputy Secretary for the Environment in the New York Governor’s Office, and Policy Advisor to the New York State Attorney General. She was Senior Environmental Associate with the New York Public Interest Research Group, served as Executive Director for Environmental Advocates of New York and the Non-Profit Resource Center, and is a past President of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. Judith appears on a weekly public affairs radio show on a local NPR affiliate, the Roundtable on WAMC in Albany, NY. 

Judith lives in upstate New York with her husband, where they built their passive solar home with their own hands and with lots of support from friends and family. She designed her town’s rural recycling program. She is a proud parent and enjoys reading and following the news in her spare time.

Graham Forbes
Global Project Leader, Plastic-Free Future campaign
Greenpeace USA

Graham Forbes leads the Greenpeace global plastics campaign, which aims to stem the flow of plastic pollution into our oceans, waterways and communities by empowering people to hold corporations accountable. He has over 15 years of experience leading successful campaigns on environmental, human rights, labor and social justice issues. 

Beginning his career as a union organizer with UNITE HERE, Graham has focused his professional life on bringing the environmental and labor movements together to win political and corporate victories that protect natural places and secure rights for workers. Graham holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from University of California, San Diego and a master’s degree in political economy from San Diego State University. He has a lifelong passion for the ocean and spends as much time as he can in the Pacific.


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The Independent
May 19, 2021

Passionate environmentalists and Plastic Pollution Coalition members Hannah Testa of Hannah4Change and Lesa Wilson of Going Green have released a new video series on the plastic pollution crisis, solutions, and how each of us can get involved.

“We created this series as a way to create awareness about the plastic pollution crisis,” said Lesa Wilson, who is an actress, and on the CW’s STARGIRL, in addition to hosting Going Green. “Oftentimes I have conversations with people and they genuinely have no idea that the situation is what it is. Plastic is also such a big part of our lives that most people don’t have an awareness that there’s actually a problem. My goal is for the series to educate people on the fact that it is a massive issue and it’s only going to get worse.”

“Lesa and I started this series to share info on the plastic pollution crisis by breaking it down into short videos that summarize the key issues and solutions,” said Hannah Testa, who founded Hannah4Change at age 10, and recently published the book Taking on the Plastics Crisis, which was featured in People Magazine and Teen Vogue. “There is a lot of information about plastic pollution, so Lesa and I wanted to make a series to cover almost every aspect of the problem in quick videos. I am hopeful that this series will inspire and educate people of all ages and can be used in schools and I am so grateful to be a part of this series with Lesa.”

To the question of what a world free of plastic pollution could like, the activists have a clear vision. “In my mind, a world free of plastic pollution would look like thriving ecosystems, beautiful natural landscapes free of the ugly suffocation of plastic being thrown into the environment,” said Wilson. “It would look like corporations and individuals taking responsibility for their impact they have on the planet and for us all to be more conscious that our planet is living and breathing just as we are.”

“A world free of plastic pollution would be a world thriving,” explained Testa. “We would shift our focus on conservation over consumption. Zero-waste lifestyles with be the new normal as we prioritize our oceans and natural resources. There will be no incineration of plastic and no shipping of plastic to Asia.”

As far as policy and legislation to stop plastic pollution, Testa points to the positive actions happening in communities in the U.S. and beyond. “With new administration taking office this year, many new bills and resolutions are in the works regarding plastic locally, statewide, and nationally with many hoping to be introduced in the next few months,” she said. “I will continue to help support, testify, and lobby for policy regarding plastic. For youth that are interested in getting involved, organizations like Heirs to our Oceans and Oceana focus on ocean-related policy and have resources and teams to get involved in.”

Watch the video series.

Join our global Coalition.

Plastic Pollution Coalition hosted TEDxPlasticPollutionCoalition on Oct. 14, where speakers from across the globe addressed plastic pollution and its connection to climate, justice, health, and equity. This event was part of the inaugural TED Countdown, a global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, turning ideas into action.

Watch TEDxPlasticPollutionCoalition now.

Featured speakers and performers included:

  • Dianna Cohen, Visual Artist and Co-Founder & CEO, Plastic Pollution Coalition
  • Cole Hall, PPC Youth Ambassador
  • Chris Anderson, Head of TED 
  • Lindsay Levin, Entrepreneur, Activist
  • Alfre Woodard, Actor/Producer
  • Xiye Bastida, Climate Youth Activist and Co-Founder, Re-Earth Initiative
  • Amanda Gorman, Inaugural Youth Poet Laureate of the United States
  • Van Jones, CNN Political Contributor, Host of the Van Jones Show and The Redemption Project
  • Yvette Arellano, Frontline Environmental Justice Advocate
  • Jackson Browne, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Singer and Songwriter, featuring Watkins Family Hour
  • David Lammy, Member of Parliament, UK 
  • Keb’ Mo, Grammy Award-winning Singer and Songwriter

Together we can stop plastic pollution. Get involved by signing a petition, joining our global Coalition, or donating to support our work. Thank you for adding your voice!

Watch these Plastic Pollution Coalition Youth Ambassadors speak on what they do to stop plastic pollution in their communities. Plus, learn more about each Youth Ambassador and their projects below.

Kristal Ambrose, Bahamas – Bahamas Plastic Movement
Eridanis Azul Lobão
, Boulder, CO, USA
Helena Barrett, Washington D.C., USA
Gary Bencheghib, Bali, Indonesia – Make a Change World
Thara Bening, West Java, Indonesia – River Warriors Indonesia
Madhvi Chittoor, Arvada, CO, USA – Madhvi 4 Eco Ethics
Summer Faith, California, USA
Cole Hall, California, USA
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Boulder, CO, USA – Earth Guardians
Shelby O’Neil, San Juan Bautista, California – Jr. Ocean Guardians
Lilly Platt, Utrecht, The Netherlands – Lilly’s Plastic Pickup
Hannah Testa, Atlanta, Georgia, USA – Hannah 4 Change
Jaxon Woodward-Calandra, California, USA
Charlotte Weir, Maryland, USA
Melati & Isabel Wijsen, Bali, Indonesia – Bye Bye Plastic Bags

This Super Bowl weekend, 65,000 people will gather at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, and more than 100 million people will watch the game on television. Typical football games generate 80,000 pounds of trash, primarily single-use plastic, but this year’s biggest game is striving to change that.

SUPR (Single-Use Plastic Reduction), a program aimed at catalyzing sports teams to go plastic-free was developed by Oceanic Global, Nexus, and Accenture. The team at Hard Rock Stadium, host to Super Bowl 54, used the SUPR playbook to inspire their phase out of 99% of the game’s single-use plastic items and replace them with sustainable alternatives. Alternatives included compostable food ware from Footprint and reusable, recyclable aluminum cups, provided by Ball Corporation.

The aluminum cups alone will eliminate up to 500,000 plastic cups that would otherwise be used, discarded, and landfilled as part of the Big Game.

“All public events need to work toward becoming Zero Waste,” said Dianna Cohen, Co-Founder and CEO of Plastic Pollution Coalition. “Programs such as #RefillRevolution and #BYOBottle have paved the way for large scale events to reduce plastic and encourage reusables instead of ‘disposables.’”

“Together with our Coalition members, we are on a journey towards a Zero Waste world,” said Cohen. “The time is now to go further to create new systems around reusable solutions and alternatives to single-use plastic that are better for the planet and human health.”

Join our global Coalition.