End the plastic epidemic
End the plastic epidemic
Plastic pollution begins with big-business, regardless of consumers choices. Petrochemical companies produce approximately 10 tons of single use plastic a second, world wide. Companies such as Exxon Mobil, whose headquarters reside in Irving, Texas are one of the most Environmentally detrimental companies on the planet. Environmental crisis is everywhere, including the United States. As of 2019 the United States ranked 2nd in plastic waste generation per year with 37.83 million tons. Economically dominant countries such as the U.S, China, and India are of the greatest contributors to plastic waste because of these big-businesses like Exxon, Chevron, and SABIC. Exxon Mobil's Carbon emissions and plastic production are among the highest in the world and continue to increase, despite their public persona. In May of 2019 Exxon pledged $100 million USD over the next 10 years to cut greenhouse emissions. However, the financial efforts pledged to carbon reduction are quite measly compared to the $1.12 billion USD research and development budget of 2018.
Since 1965 Exxon has contributed 41.90 billion tons of carbon emissions, and have made minimal efforts towards reduction. This year they dedicated 2 billion USD to expand their Baytown, Texas chemical plant. It is apparent there is no sign of Exxon halting or changing their methods of operation, so confrontation of the people is required to prevent irreversible harm to the planet. 7.7 billion people are suffering at the hands of these corporations for monetary motivation alone, and unless our voices are heard it will continue.
Environmental Clean up efforts, recycling, adapted consumption behavior; none of it matters if corporations continue to produce plastic at these toxic rates. By 2050 the petrochemical industry is expected to increase by more than double; Meaning increasing environmental decay, decreasing biodiversity, and eventually an inhabitable planet. Developing more sustainable alternatives to plastic or providing greater efforts to plastic cleanup is the only feasible way for these big-businesses such as Exxon and Chevron to operate. Participating in this petition DOES have an impact, this problem cannot be changed unless we voice that we want change. In the end, we are only harming ourselves. Through simple collaborative efforts we can mend the damage that has been done!