The environmental group Greenpeace is calling on some star power to boost the U.S. government's participation in the global plastics treaty.
Early today, Greenpeace released an open letter to President Joe Biden — with actors William Shatner, Laura Dern and Jane Fonda among those signing it — that calls for Biden's administration to "support a legally binding treaty that caps and phases down plastic production, provides a just transition for workers in the plastics sectors and protects front-line communities."
The treaty, coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme, is set for a second round of negotiations in Paris May 29 to June 2. PN's Steve Toloken has a story on UNEP's road map for discussion — which it says could lead to an 80 percent reduction in plastics pollution — and he talks about the upcoming treaty sessions in this week's Material Insights video.
"The decision you make on this critical issue will help define your legacy," the letter to Biden says. "Will you be the president who helped put an end to the plastic pollution crisis or someone who let it spiral further out of control? We're calling on you to do the right thing."
Greenpeace also projected a message near the White House on May 15 advocating for a strong treaty and "asking the president to choose between 'people or plastic.'"