Bill to Ban Plastic Bags - Moncivais 1 Taylor Moncivais Professor Sargologos GOVT 2306.014 November 2 2019 Bill To Ban Plastic Bags Background On a

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Moncivais 1 Taylor Moncivais Professor Sargologos GOVT 2306.014 November 2, 2019 Bill To Ban Plastic Bags Background On a daily basis, we use plastic bags simply for convenience and unfortunately, ignorance. Single-use plastic shopping bags have many negative impacts on our environment, which is why they should be banned. 1. Plastic is made from petroleum (oil), and the process to make plastic bags requires an enormous amount of energy which comes from burning fossil fuels like oil. When oil is burned, greenhouse gases are released and leads to the greenhouse effect that eventually results in an increase in Earth’s overall temperature. With this increase in temperature, sea levels will rise due to melting ice. 2. The most obvious impact plastic bags have on the environment is plastic pollution in our oceans. Nearly 13 million tons of plastic gets washed into our oceans every year. Not only does plastic in our waters lead to consumption by sealife, but some plastics release chemicals into the water that can lead to many health issues. Nearly 100 million ocean animals die every year by consuming plastic, either mistaking it for food or get caught in it and suffocating. 3. Plastic waste also occurs on land. Plastic bags can get blown by the wind into storm drains which can clog them, leading to flooding during large rains. Even if we properly dispose of plastic bags, they will most likely end up in landfills and can take up to 400
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Moncivais 2 years to degrade. Just like in the ocean, animals on land can also eat plastic waste and when plastic breaks down in the soil, they release harmful chemicals that harm plants. These are just a few of the ways that single-use plastic bags harm us and the environment we live in, and why I strongly urge that action should be taken to ban the use of them. As the people living on this planet, we should care about taking care of it if we want to continue living on it. It does not hurt to spend a few dollars on some reusable bags because our planet is worth it - our lives are worth it.
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