Despite documented risks to people and wildlife, a controversial pesticide has escaped regulation under the Environmental Protection Agency under the Trump administration and now may receive additional protections from Congress.
Other than when you are sick and need to sip ginger ale through a straw or when you are vain (and don't know that the natural color of teeth is NOT white) and don't want to coffee stain your teeth (what is a toothbrush for, though?) there is NO reason to use a straw and double NO reason to carelessly toss it on the ground or even in the trash for it to find its way into the environment, which we share with each other, animals, like the sea turtle in the video above, and the earth. For our own wellness and health, we have to, in fact we must start moving towards #zero waste by consuming less landfill fodder wrapped goods, using less plastic, and just being more responsible about our individual and collective carbon footprint.
Did you know? Over 500,000,000 plastic straws are used each day in the United States. In only the past twenty years, people have come to expect plastic straws in every drink, in an example of extreme waste being generated for minimal convenience. These short-lived tools are usually dropped into a garbage can with no further thought, instantly becoming a source of plastic pollution.
"We're at the tipping point here and in fact, a lot of scientists already believe that we have passed the tipping point when it comes to issues like climate change. If we do not act now, if we do not reverse course, there will be no stopping the impending damage and dangers that this world is facing. That's what these scientists in this Warning to Humanity are trying to warn us about. In fact, this isn't even the first Warning to Humanity letter that these scientists have signed on to. The original one came out 25 years ago where they tried to warn us about what we were doing to the planet."
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