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Are plastics connected to climate change?



I forgot to stress in the video that Cancer Alley is one of MANY examples around the nation and the world of people suffering near petrochemical sites. One place …

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  1. A 20oz stainless steel vacuum flask will set you back $17 at Walmart and can be cleaned re-used many times, often re-filled at no cost. It will keep cold drinks cold on a hot day and your hot drinks, should you so wish. hot on a cold day.
    A 12-pack of Nestle* 17oz water costs $2.73. When the bottle runs dry, more often than not, you trash it and spend another $2.73 on just one bottle. Neither bottle will keep your water cold on a hot day.

    *Regardless of the label on whatever bottled water you buy, it is almost certain to have been ‘produced’ by one of three companies: Nestle (bastards), Coca-Cola and Pepsico. probably the worst of them is Nestle. But they all enter into water abstraction contracts around the world, pump the water from aquifers, which reduces the drinkable water available to the local population. But that’s OK, because Nestle will be on hand to sell you the same water that you are no longer able to draw from your own tap.
    Essentially, what Nestle do is steal water from people and only give it back if the same people buy an otherwise useless plastic bottle to take the water away in. Needless to say, there are rumours of brown envelopes exchanging hands to enable Nestle to walk into another country and hold its water to ransom.
    There are other tales that can be told of the odious Nestle, particularly of coffee heists and refusals to help clear up the billions of plastic bottles now littering our home, but remember that then Nestle chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe said in 2005 that the idea that access to clean potable water was a fundamental human right was “extreme”. The UN, and any reasonable person that is not a Nestle shareholder, would vehemently disagree.
    Other than giving up your car, the most climate-change mitigation act that any of us can commit ourselves to, is to boycott Nestle. After all, KitKat is over-rated and far from unique, and Nescafe is no more refreshing than stale horse piss might be.
    Boycott Nestle!! Just do it!

  2. It is frightening how fossil fuel companies have a plan B to keep using all the fossil fuels.
    -JJ

  3. Excellent deep dive, Becki. Yes, I knew about the link between fossil fuel and plastic. I did not know about the nurdle step in the process, but all of the rest was more or less familiar to me. The spot where I am having trouble reducing plastic is in the wrapping of food, for example, a loaf of bread, or for things like mustard or ketchup bottles. I haven't bought a single use water bottle in many years. Keep up the good work!

  4. I live by an old railway line and train depot, they've been turned into a beautiful walking trail and park. I don't know how they could repurpose "cancer alley". Very scary

  5. Thank you for another video! I'm a bit late this time. A little different to your news videos, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Keep making a great mix of content, I really enjoyed this! Thank you very much, have a lovely day 💕

  6. So much of our economy is wrapped in plastic and then shipped via gasoline powered planes and trucks that our whole infrastructure would need to change to seriously reduce plastics. I hope we can change soon.

  7. You know, I knew that fracking was involved in extraction of oil, and I knew it was terrible for the environment, and i knew it makes water flammable, but I don't think I had ever actually looked into what it was and how it was conducted, so thank you for that lesson!

    On an unrelated note: nurdle is now one of my favorite words 😂 too bad it's something awful 😭

  8. Go to the channel Magnetic Reversal News. I appreciate the basics on the premise of your channel, but could you further expound on remediation as we move forward. This could be anything from how to remove oneself from the dependency upon the system which has failed. Thank you for this very concise film.

  9. It was great to collaborate with you Becky! Hope to do it again soon 😀

  10. Becky – Are you familiar with the Well Done Foundation that caps old oil wells so they don't leak methane into the air? Brian Reibe has a lot of videos on them and has interviewed the owner employees. Interesting project, but they can only do so much.

  11. 6:17 that's crazy, water shouldn't catch on fire. Seems to be happening more and more lately.

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