July 2, 2020
Plastic waste is overwhelming our natural spaces, especially our waterways. It is estimated that by mid-century, plastic will outweigh the sea life in our oceans. Plastic does not biodegrade– it breaks down into tiny particles called microplastics. Marine life ingests microplastics and these particles move through the food chain. In fact, you probably have some inside you right now! Scientists say it’s possible that humans ingest 39,000 to 52,000 microplastic particles every year. Reducing plastic waste is essential for protecting human health, animals, and our environment.
Protecting the water bodies that provide our drinking water, allow for recreation, and support countless species is becoming increasingly important as plastic waste builds up. As we spend our summers cooling off in lakes, rivers, and oceans, it’s important to not take our waterways for granted. This July, we encourage you to take the challenge of going plastic-free. Recruit your friends, family, and neighbors to take the Plastic-Free July Pledge.
Everyone that takes the pledge will be automatically entered to win a free zero-waste kit! At the end of July, we’ll choose five winners to receive this special prize. No purchase necessary.
COVID-19 note: Please dispose of your personal protective equipment (face masks, gloves, etc) in the trash. These items are not recyclable and can jam recycling equipment and harm the workers.< Back to Our Work
On May 28th, 2020, the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (NYLCVEF) held a candidate forum for New York Assembly District 125, which covers Tompkins County and parts of Cortland County, to replace longtime Assemblymember Barbara Lifton, who is retiring. The forum took place on Zoom ahead of New York’s primary election on…
We recently held a candidate forum for Congressional District 17 in the lower Hudson Valley, whose longtime representative and environmental champion, Nita Lowey is retiring.
Join the growing movement for electric school buses today! Sign up for our mailing list here! School Bus Drawing Contest! We held a Clean School Bus Drawing Contest to raise awareness about our Clean Buses for Healthy Niños campaign. For more than two years, NYLCVEF has been supporting the electrification of school buses in New…
We recently held a candidate forum for Congressional District 15’s primary election, which will take place on June 23rd to replace longtime environmental champion Rep. Serrano who is retiring. The forum provided the opportunity for voters to hear directly from seven of the candidates about where they stand on important sustainability issues. You can watch the forum video and read the recap here.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (NYLCVEF) launched its New York City Climate Action Tracker. This digital tool will follow the city’s progress on its climate goals from Mayor de Blasio’s OneNYC plan.
On March 5th, 2020, the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, Sustainable Westchester, and Pace Energy & Climate Center co-hosted the Westchester Clean Energy Summit. The Summit focused on the future of clean energy in Westchester. Panelists from local and state government, academia, and business spoke about New York State’s new climate law—the…
On February 12th, 2020, the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (NYLCVEF) held a nonpartisan candidate forum for the Queens Borough President special election, which will take place on March 24th. The forum took place at the New York Hall of Science in Corona and provided the opportunity for nearly 100 voters to…
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