Even in our most divided moments, all Americans want a healthier, safer, more secure future. PIRG’s role is to find common ground around the common-sense solutions that will make that future a reality.
The problems we address aren’t progressive or conservative, they’re just problems that our country shouldn’t tolerate in an age of great abundance and technological progress. And these problems affect all of us — whether we live in a blue state, red state or purple state. To solve them, we need people from across the political spectrum to come together around pragmatic solutions.
Here’s one example: When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, PIRG responded to the crisis by assembling a team of policy experts, state advocates, organizers and researchers to call on our government for a more urgent, more strategic and better-coordinated response. We advocated for a comprehensive testing plan and centralized distribution of life-saving medical supplies, while educating consumers about price gouging and false coronavirus cures.
Here’s another: Most of our country’s antibiotics are purchased for use on farm animals, and are often being given to animals that aren’t even sick. This antibiotic overuse is contributing to a rise in illness and 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.
Here’s another: 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.
Sometimes, we can win results with just a few people. But often there are powerful forces standing in the way of progress, and it takes more than a compelling argument and a good policy idea to get results. In those cases, we have to rally as many people as we can to our side, like we’re doing right now with our campaign to get personal protective equipment — including masks — to where it’s needed most. We’re uniting the voices of thousands of concerned citizens, as well as leading health groups, doctors and other medical professionals, in calling on the federal government to establish a transparent, centrally coordinated medical supply chain.
Our approach works — we have a 45-year track record of success.
Take clean air for example. Deaths from air pollution dropped by nearly half between 1990 and 2010. The laws and policies that we won to limit pollution from power plants, cars and other sources helped save tens of thousands of lives. And because of other policies and laws we’ve won, people are recycling more and wasting less, buying healthier and safer products, getting a better deal on everything from credit card fees to student loans to cell phone plans, driving cleaner and safer cars, drinking cleaner water, and living longer, healthier lives.
But anyone who follows current events or the news can see that there’s a lot more work to do, and more change we need to make happen.
If you decide to apply for a job with us, you should be ready to roll up your sleeves and do what it takes to run your own campaign. But you'll also be trained by, and work alongside a great team of advocates, researchers, policy experts and communications specialists, working together to win real results. Does this sound like a good fit for you? Apply now.
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