Brian Edwards: Support Teen Council’s effort to ban plastic bags |

Brian Edwards: Support Teen Council’s effort to ban plastic bags

Congratulations are in order to our Steamboat Springs Teen Council, another example of today’s youth not accepting the status quo but forging a path to a better world.

On Tuesday, Nov. 13, the Teen Council will present a proposal to Steamboat Springs City Council for a ban/fee on plastic bags in our beautiful town. Plastic bags do not degrade, they disintegrate. Made from petroleum, they last hundreds of years. They enter our streams and storm drains where they break down into smaller and smaller bits of plastic.

Ultimately, they add to the massive ocean gyres of trash where they are ingested by sea mammals and birds believing they are food. Starvation by plastic results. We can do better by the natural world we treasure.

I ask you to encourage Teen Council and the effort to reduce this scourge by speaking up in support of this measure on Tuesday and going forward.

Brian Edwards

Steamboat Springs

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