Dear Editor,

I’m writing in response to the article, “The Plastic Industry is on Track to Produce as Many Emissions as 600 Coal-fired Power Plants” published in Grist Magazine’s May issue to raise awareness of the plastics industry’s negative contribution to the climate crisis.

We know we need to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Yet, according to the article, the plastics industry is set to emit as much greenhouse gas as 189 coal-fired power plants in 2019 and reach as much as 600 plants by 2050. That’s a massive amount considering there are only six active coal-fired power plants in Pennsylvania today.

I’m incredibly alarmed and am calling for action ASAP. For Pennsylvania residents, never has the opportunity to move away from this flawed system been more possible.

The Zero Waste PA package of bills begins to solve some of these problems by curbing the production of single-use plastic items which are made using fossil fuels.

I urge Pennsylvania residents to contact their House representative to advocate for these bills because they address two of the worst problems of our time: climate change and the plastic crisis.

— JoAnna Contarino, Philadelphia, PA

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