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CA Schools Pressured To Teach Pro-Plastic Curriculum | Care2 Causes

CA Schools Pressured To Teach Pro-Plastic Curriculum | Care2 Causes

The San Francisco Chronicle has uncovered evidence that lobbyists from the plastics industry used their influence to insert misleading positive messages about plastic bags into environmental curriculum used by the California school system. Interviews and documents uncovered during the California Watch investigation show that “in 2009, a private consultant hired by state school officials added a new section to the 11th-grade teacher’s edition textbook called ‘The Advantages of Plastic Shopping Bags.’ The title and some of the textbook language were inserted almost verbatim from letters written by the chemistry council.” The curriculum revision was the result of significant pressure applied to California school officials through a American Chemistry Council public relations and lobbying campaign designed to fight proposed plastic bag bans throughout the country. As public aw...

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