Plastic = pollution |

Plastic = pollution

Dear Editor:

There are so many things worth fighting for: freedom, justice, clean air, water, land preservation, human rights, animal rights … but, the right to pollute? I don’t think that is worth fighting for.

Banning single-use plastic bags is a bummer, I agree. It would be much better if we didn’t have this issue, but we do. Our oceans are clogged with plastic trash, and plastic in particular is responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths and pollution. If people weren’t so lazy and shortsighted we wouldn’t have to ban the bags at all because people would take responsibility for the planet instead of treating it like a big giant garbage dump.

There are so many things worth fighting for, the right to pollute for convenience’s sake is not one of them. I support a wholesale ban on plastic bags, and Styrofoam too, and I agree that single-use paper bags are not more environmentally friendly and that they should be banned as well.

People in numerous countries and cities around the world have already survived what some have called “economic suicide” by banning bags. We lived without bags for thousands of years and we can live without them now. The fish and turtles and dolphins and birds will thank you. And your children, too.

Gina Murdock


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