At U.S. PIRG, our mission is to champion the public interest — to speak out for a healthier, safer world in which we’re freer to pursue our own individual well-being and the common good.
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 to find common ground around commonsense ideas.
Here’s one example: Most of our country’s antibiotics are being used on farm animals, and are often being given to animals that aren’t even sick, which antibiotic overuse is leading to a rise in illness and death. That’s why we’re working to stop the overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture, including calling on other major fast food restaurants, starting with Wendy’s, to only buy 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, and we’re starting by banning the single-use plastic items we can easily live without.
Here’s one more example: Too many companies needlessly put consumers at risk with unsafe products, toxic ingredients or deceptive financial practices. Our consumer watchdog team alerts people to threats in the marketplace, gives them vital resources to protect themselves, and advocates for stronger protections.
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 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 stop the overuse of antibiotics, where we’re pulling together tens of thousands of concerned citizens, doctors and other health professionals, restaurant owners, city and state officials, college students, and others to take action.
Our approach works — we have a 45-year track record of success.
Take clean air for example. Deaths from air pollution dropped nearly in 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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