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PROBLEMS WE SHOULDN’T TOLERATE

It’s important for all of us that our health care workers have the personal protective equipment they need to stay safe while they save lives during a global pandemic. We all need to be assured that the world's financial institutions, with their seemingly endless power in the age of digital information, will be held to account for their actions if they try to put profitability ahead of fair practices. We need to improve our transportation systems so that they make sense, economically and environmentally for the 21st century. These are problems that don’t respect many of the lines that currently divide our society. But more importantly, they’re problems we can solve, especially in an age of advancing technology and growing abundance. That's why our staff works to harness the research, political support and grassroots energy we need to win.

RESPONDING TO THE COVID-19 CRISIS

When the novel coronavirus reached the United States, we assembled a team of policy experts, state advocates, organizers and researchers to push for policies that would safeguard public health, protect consumers and help our nation more effectively respond to the crisis and save lives. We’re campaigning for measures to help get personal protective equipment to where it’s needed most, to ramp our nation’s testing capacity so that we can better contain the virus, to protect consumers from price gouging on critical supplies in the online marketplace, and more.

STOP THE OVERUSE OF ANTIBIOTICS

Most of our country’s antibiotics are purchased for use on farm animals, often on animals that aren’t even sick. This overuse is contributing to a rise in antibiotic-resistant infections in people — and even death. That’s why we’re working to stop the overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture. In 2018, we secured a commitment from McDonald’s to reduce medically important antibiotic use in its beef supply. Now, we’re calling on other major fast food restaurants, starting with Wendy’s, to only source meat raised without routine antibiotics.

BEYOND PLASTIC

Every day, people throw away tons of plastic “stuff” — foam cups, takeout containers, plastic bags, straws, drink bottles and more. These things were made to be used for a few moments, but end up polluting the planet and threatening our health for hundreds of years. It’s time to move beyond plastic, starting with banning the single-use plastic items we can easily live without.

PIRG CONSUMER WATCHDOG

Too many companies needlessly put consumers at risk with unsafe products, toxic ingredients or deceptive financial practices. And there are not enough safeguards to prevent price gouging in the online marketplace during emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Our consumer watchdog team alerts people to threats in the marketplace, gives them vital resources to protect themselves, and advocates for stronger protections.

BAN ROUNDUP

Mounting scientific evidence shows that the combination of chemicals in Monsanto’s Roundup can cause cancer and other serious health problems. In 2015, the World Health Organization’s cancer research agency even classified glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, as a probable human carcinogen. But Monsanto and others have done everything they can to discourage decision-makers from doing a full and honest assessment of the risks of Roundup, even “ghostwriting” studies affirming Roundup’s safety. Now, we’re calling on cities and counties across the country to ban Roundup and other glyphosate-based weed killers unless and until they’re proven safe.

TRANSFORM TRANSPORTATION

Each year, pollution from cars, trucks and other vehicles cuts short an estimated 53,000 lives, and increases the risk of lung cancer, stroke and heart disease. Cars are much safer than they used to be, but motor vehicle crashes still kill an estimated 40,000 Americans, and seriously injure 4.5 million each year. In addition, the exhaust from vehicles powered by fossil fuels is a significant source of global warming emissions. Through our Transform Transportation campaign, we’re working to reduce the need to drive, and to electrify buses and cars — so the easiest, cheapest and most pleasant ways to travel are also the cleanest, safest and healthiest.

RIGHT TO REPAIR

We generate way too much waste, and companies use their power in the marketplace to make things harder to repair. That adds costs to consumers and increases the amount going to landfills. In the case of medical equipment, manufacturer restrictions can create dangerous delays for biomedical repair technicians working to fix lifesaving devices such as ventilators. Through our Right To Repair campaign, we’re working to give every consumer and every small business access to the parts, tools, service information and diagnostic software they need to repair products so that we can keep things in use and reduce waste. And we’re calling on manufacturers to loosen restrictions on medical device repair for qualified technicians during the COVID-19 crisis.

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