Post by dorieseavey on Jul 20, 2020 19:54:05 GMT -5
I've been trying to steer away from all single-use plastics, as Kent has drawn attention to. It's challenging... I've also recently signed up to volunteer for the Environmental Voter Project (EVP) (https://www.environmentalvoter.org/). EVP aims to significantly increase voter demand for environmental leadership by identifying inactive environmentalists and then turning them into consistent activists and voters. So as a volunteer, you receive a one-session training and then can participate in texting and phone bank campaigns. It's been great! Please join the Box Pew Forum for our next group Zoom meeting on Aug 3rd at 3pm. The topic is how to participate in electoral justice action for the remainder of the 2020 election cycle. To join the Aug. 3rd meeting, email Kent at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please join us!
While most of our efforts in Electoral Justice are nonpartisan in intent, there is an ideological divide that must be addressed to turn the corner on plastic waste. We must stop subsidizing the petroleum industry, directly or indirectly, to create virgin plastic and allow it artificially to be less expensive than recycled plastics in other industries that utilize it in their products. Capitalism actually can reverse the problem of plastic waste overnight if we fully account for the costs of it to society and, accordingly, make firms pay at the point of production and consumers pay at the point of purchase for this full cost. This will require legislation because it is not a future cost that individual consumers can reasonably be expected to take.