Replace Single-Use Plastic Bags with Reusable Bags in Wal-Mart Stores
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The U.S. National Academy of Sciences stated: "The scientific understanding of climate change is now sufficiently clear to justify taking steps to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere."
It's true that plastic bags are made from crude oil, a fossil fuel. In the process of making, carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, is emitted into the atmosphere. According to The Wall Street Journal it is estimated that the U.S. uses around 100 billion plastic shopping bags each year. Only a fraction of those are being recycled.
Plastic bags either wind up in landfills, urban landscapes, natural parks, trees, rivers, lakes, or in ocean garbage patches.
Landfills are the 3rd-largest human contributer to methane emissions. Methane is a greenhouse gas and is noted, by the EPA, to absorb 25 times or more energy than carbon dioxide. Landfills are approximately 90-98% methane and carbon dioxide.
In landfills, they not only add to the emissions of methane and carbon dioxide, but they add to ground water pollution. The leachates, the toxic liquid, that seeps into the ground, may and do reach our fresh waterways. Once in our fresh waterways, the leachates, may and do make their way into our homes & drinking water.
Plastic bags in urban and natural environments harm wildlife and are far from aesthetically pleasing. In urban areas, pigeons and other birds mistake them for food. In our waters, they break down into finer, sometimes microscopic pieces, where fish naturally take them as food. This can damage health or kill aquatic life. Not only that, but we eat some of those fish, which means tiny pieces of plastic can end back up in our bodies. It is estimated that around 14 billion pounds of trash, much of it plastic, is dumped in the ocean each year.
We are caretakers of Earth, and there truly is no other way. We need to work to create a community and a nation and a human society that is sustainable, moving toward harmony with the Earth. This is so that we, and our great grandchildren, may live. If we don't work toward this, we may have to struggle to live on Earth!
If we don't take action, we will soon learn what it means to live with a future of rising temperatures, rising sea levels, pollution in our groundwater, pollution in our air, and massive loss in biodiversity.
After the banning of single-use plastic bags. Replace them by selling reusable bags for $1.00. They are made from recycled plastic, or from different material. One, two, or three reusable bags per person will have far less negative impact with regard to climate change because they will last weeks, if not months, if not a year! And they will far less likely be polluted into our environments because plastic bags fly with the wind. They are also very convenient to carry and can carry heavy grocery loads.
Please, with our urgent wishes, grant this into action, for the sake of our human health and health of the planet.
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