Director, Public Lands Campaign, Environment America

Started on staff: 2001
B.A., Oberlin College
Ellen runs campaigns to protect America’s beautiful places, from local beachfronts to remote mountain peaks. Prior to her current role, Ellen worked as the organizing director for Environment America’s Climate Defenders campaign. Ellen lives in Denver, where she likes to hike in Colorado’s mountains.

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Abundant, redundant and unnecessary: Plastic

Wildlife & wild places

Abundant, redundant and unnecessary: Plastic

Plastic is an environmentally harmful material in every stage of its life cycle. It is produced from oil through a chemical process and after generally a single use, it pollutes the environment for centuries. If it’s not recovered and recycled, it releases toxic chemicals into the ground and water. And because it’s not biodegradable, it will continue to do so indefinitely. Even worse, it harms wildlife when it ends up in their stomachs or when it contaminates their surrounding food source. It’s clear that plastic pollution is dangerous, so why do we use so much of it?

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