April 22 is a big day for environmentalists and Westworld fans; not only is it the annual Earth Day holiday, but it's also the kick off to season 2 of the popular HBO show. Fortunately, Westworld doesn't return until 9 p.m. EST, which gives TV-loving environmentalists time to participate in both exciting April 22 events.
Since Earth Day 2000, activists and environmentalists have harnessed the power of the internet to gather support worldwide. This year, Earth Day is dedicated to the goal of ending plastic pollution. According to the Texarkana Gazette, these efforts have already prompted the U.K. government to consider adopting a nationwide ban on plastic straws, with the exception of any straws used for medical reasons. It is projected that moving forward with this proposed ban would prevent billions of straws from polluting the ocean each year.
The U.S. has a spotty history with similar efforts. In 2016, California became the only state in the country to ban single-use plastic shopping bags. The Los Angeles Times reported that the state's economy suffered no ill-effects from this new law. California beaches also saw a 58 percent reduction in plastic bag litter during the first year due to the elimination of 18 billion bags.
On the other hand, despite all evidence that plastic is greatly damaging the environment, Michigan lawmakers took the side of plastic. The Great Lakes State started 2017 by making it illegal to ban plastic bags at a city or state level.
Per Page Six, Westworld fans can expect a second season that tackles gender equality through nudity. Co-creator Lisa Joy recently discussed this topic at the Tribeca Film Festival.
"Part of what's just been lovely to watch as a producer on this too is how the nudity isn't only female on the show, there is also male nudity."