Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Time to ‘bag the plastic’

The Bible tells us that "a little child shall lead them," and here in the valley it is Hailey's school children who are mounting an admirable campaign to join the countless other towns and states and nations who have already banned plastic bags.

Anyone who has seen images of the plastic rubbish sloshing about in the middle of Pacific Ocean (estimated—I'm not making this up—to be twice the size of Texas), or sea turtles choking on plastic bags they mistake for jellyfish, or beaches littered and piled with plastic trash will, I'm sure, support the initiative going on the ballot in November—and be proud of the children who have led it.

And anyone who complains about the small inconvenience of having to remember to bring their shopping bags and baskets when they go shopping might remember that plastic bags and all that irritating hard-to-open packaging didn't even exist until comparatively recently, and somehow everyone muddled along.

This may seem like a very small step towards helping to heal and cleanse our befouled planet, but if each of us pledges to do whatever we can—in this case, "bag the plastic"—we might begin the process.

The children think so. Maybe we should listen to them. After all, it is going to be their planet.



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