How NY is Holding Pepsi Accountable for Its Plastic Pollution – & Your State Can, Too

February 20 , 7:00 pm 8:05 pm EST

On November 15, 2023  New York Attorney General Letitia James sued PepsiCo for misleading the public about its goals to eliminate single-use plastic, and for endangering the environment. As its basis of proof, the office cited the enormous volume of single use plastic trash in and along the Buffalo River, a survey of which demonstrated that more than 17% originated from Pepsico. 

Please join Beyond Plastics from 7-8pm ET on Tuesday, February 20, for a conversation with Lemuel Srlovic, Chief of the Environmental Bureau of the New York Attorney General’s Office, about the details and significance of the suit. In part two of the webinar,  Judith Enck and Dawn Henry of Beyond Plastics will lead a discussion about how residents of other states can urge their own Attorneys General to file similar suits. 

The suit, as described by Judith Enck, is unprecedented and much needed. If successful, it would compel PepsiCo to prevent release of its products into the river and to place warning labels on single-use plastic items indicating that they pose risk to human health and the environment. It could also forge a new pathway to force other companies to take responsibility for their waste and the impact of plastics on the ecosystem.

October 22, 2023 , 5:00 pm 6:00 pm EDT

Learn about the movement to make “polluters pay” during this free webinar.

The principle of Polluters Pay is simple: those who make a mess should be the ones to clean it up. Any well-behaved 5-year-old would tell you this is fair. So why do we let big oil, coal, and gas corporations get away with it? 

For decades, fossil fuel corporations have made record profits while destroying our shared environment. And for decades, taxpayers have footed the bill for cleaning up the mess. It’s time we turned that around. The costs of climate change are growing every year as the effects become more and more extreme. We need strong legislation to ensure that the profitable fossil fuel corporations are held accountable for their actions.

Better Future Project, in partnership with 350 Massachusetts and Mass Power Forward, will be filing legislation to create a climate change superfund which will establish the climate change adaptation cost recovery program. It will require companies that have contributed significantly to the buildup of climate-warming greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere to bear a share of the costs of needed infrastructure investment, raising an estimated $75 billion over 25 years from the 20 largest polluting companies. This influx of funds will enable the commonwealth to prepare for the coming climate impacts.