Sarbanes Renews Commitment to Environmental Justice and Promotes Equitable Approach to Address the Climate Crisis [Video]

“That's Very Important – to Put That Environmental Justice Lens in Place”
February 9, 2021
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a House Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) emphasized environmental justice as a key priority for the Biden Administration and the Democratic Congress.

“Communities across the nation, including in my own district, have gotten tired of a system that seems to put the special interests ahead of the public interest and the interest of the people,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “And I think that's the focus that the Biden Administration is trying to restore…. I think that's very important – to put that environmental justice lens in place.”

Sarbanes continued: “When we look at environmental justice in the context of climate action, one topic often overlooked, it turns out, is waste, and more specifically, plastic waste. But this is an issue that’s central – both to the climate crisis and to environmental justice.

Sarbanes added: “The U.S. produces inordinate amounts of plastic each year, and that's expected to ramp up, unfortunately, in the years ahead… [Only] nine percent of all plastic waste ever produced has been recycled, so there's a lot of work to do here. The rest of it ends up in landfills as litter, or incinerated, and we’ve got to get it under control if we’re gonna address the climate crisis.”

See below for a video of the Congressman’s remarks.