As everyone knows the amount of pollution and destruction of our ecosystem after the indiscriminate use of plastic has reached levels that are indeed unsustainable. Many ecologists consider the damage irreversible; others think cleaning our beaches and oceans now may lead to a brighter future; It paints a better scene than not doing anything and pretending our trash will simply disappear or magically biodegrade. Some countries (Unfortunately not the United States) have instituted tight rules and regulations regarding trash and recycling such as Singapore and now China.
The U.S. has a long list of cities where large retailers are being banned from distributing single use plastic bags to their clientele. Virtually every city in the state of California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New York and Maine has it and the first two on the list have a statewide ban. In a smaller scale, the states of New Jersey, Illinois, Washington and Oregon have each an important list of cities where they have a total ban or a tax being imposed on plastic bags intended for single use, and it is very important to point out that the lifespan of most of these bags is 15-30 minutes, a minuscule one when compared to the number of years these bags take to decompose which on the average, depending on their density, equates to 500 years.
Whether it is to avoid the damage to our environment, to obtain popularity and votes, or simply to be hip and add a feather on their caps, hundreds of mayors across the country have been pushing this ban successfully and they deserve credit for doing so, no matter the reason these guys are making a big difference. As Eli Broad once said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
The title “Net Zero by 2030” may sound like not a big deal, being 11 years away from today. Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, nothing