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Solutions to the plastic pollution & climate crises


On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we discuss the recycling crisis and the role of the oil and gas industry in causing the plastic pollution crisis.

According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the US generates more plastic waste than any other country in the world, but only about 6 percent of plastic is recycled.


Judith Enck, senior fellow and visiting faculty member at the Center for the Advancement of Public Action at Bennington College, president of Beyond Plastics, and former EPA regional administrator with the Obama administration

Jan Dell, independent chemical engineer and founder of The Last Beach Cleanup

Web Resources:

Los Angeles Times: California sues five major oil companies for ‘decades-long campaign of deception’ about climate change

The Guardian: Tens of thousands in NYC march against fossil fuels as AOC hails powerful message

The New York Times: Can Plastic Recycling Ever Really Work?

The Washington Post: The little-known unintended consequence of recycling plastics

Food and Water Watch:From Fracking Well to Landfill: Tracing Plastic’s Toxic Lifecycle

Malihe Razazan is the senior producer of KALW's daily call-in program, Your Call.