Add actress Kyra Sedgwick to the list of celebrities who are crusading against single-use plastics. Last week Sedgwick, star of TV's "The Closer," moderated ""A Global Call to End Plastic Pollution" at the United Nations in New York. Lisa Kaas Boyle, an environmental attorney, co-founder of the Plastic Pollution Coalition and a board chair at Heal the Bay, posted a blog item about the talk over the weekend on The Huffington Post. The post, "Kyra Sedgwick Leads Global Call to End Plastic Pollution at United Nations," quotes from her remarks at the UN event:
"When I became aware that plastic trash like the disposable plastic water bottle would survive not only my lifetime but my children's and their children's lifetimes, I knew that we, as a society, had a major problem. When I learned that in developed countries like the U.S., we recycle at best around 30 percent of the plastic we use and that even then, we turn the plastic into relatively useless items like plastic ashtrays, I became obsessed with the waste. I can be thrown into a severe anxiety attack at my neighborhood spinning class as I see mothers whom I know to be intelligent responsible parents go through a jumbo size water and then throw it 'away.' There is no 'away,' and much of the plastic packaging we use could end up in one of the five Gyres -- swirling areas of the world's ocean current where trash is concentrated. Plastic pollution kills and injures wildlife. Tiny plastic pellets in the water absorb toxins, and studies are now being done to learn whether it is poisoning fish, which is globally the most important source of protein for humans. I have done my best to alter my lifestyle to help solve this problem; avoiding plastic whenever possible and spread the word about its damaging effects. But I can only do so much. This is where the government must step in. There is a real solution that can be implemented now.