allison hanes: it\'s time for montreal to restrict plastics
Montreal should throw away plastic bottles with plastic bags.
When we are here, let\'s also ban straws.
The title of the latest cover story of National Geographic magazine says everything you really need to know about the newest human being
Caused a disaster that threatened the Earth.
\"We made plastic.
We rely on it.
Now we are overwhelmed by it . \"of-factly states.
\"The magical material makes modern life possible.
But 40% of the water has only been used once and will clog our waterways.
The whole 5,000-plus-
Laura Parker\'s text article has become even more shocking.
Don\'t mind the photo gallery of birds wrapped in plastic bags and turtles trapped in abandoned nets that illustrate the tragic loss that wildlife has suffered.
We have produced 9 from 1950.
2 billion tons of plastic, Parker wrote. Of that, 6.
9 billion tons into waste, 6.
3 billion tons have never been recovered.
Each year, 3 million tons and 14 million tons end up falling into the water, spinning in huge garbage strips, breaking down into smaller, smaller pieces, being consumed by aquatic organisms and eventually being consumed by us.
Experts have told Parker that microplastic agitation in the ocean is a crisis that competes with global warming.
But the article goes on to say that there is a major difference: \"Marine plastics are not as complex as climate change . . . . . . We don\'t need to transform the entire energy system of our planet.
\"That\'s right: all we have to do is limit the use of plastic and find a more responsible way to deal with it.
A simple problem with a simple solution, right?
Hey, in our fast
Driven culture, there is nothing simpler or easier to solve than it should be.
Nevertheless, it is heartening to learn that Montreal City Hall may soon take action to limit the use of plastic bottles --
In a small corner of the world, attack a method of plastic waste.
According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Montreal MP Francesco Miller ensemble plans to file a motion next week calling for a ban on the sale of plastic bottles in municipal buildings and urban activities, in addition to emergency distribution.
Meanwhile, the pro jet government in Montreal is considering a more comprehensive policy to combat plastics. Great!
Let\'s seize what seems to be a broad political consensus that it is a problematic practice to put widely available public resources in containers that people quickly discard.
Let\'s do what we do to the plastic water bottle for the single person
Use plastic shopping bags that were banned in Montreal in January. 1.
While we are doing this, let\'s follow in the footsteps of Vancouver and ban plastic beverage straws, another common single drink
Use of plastic that may appear on this earth long after the user has expired.
Or better yet, let\'s join the United States. K.
Not only are straws prohibited, but plastic mixing sticks and cotton are also prohibited
Plastic swab with tip
First of all, none of these parts are an absolute necessity or an item without a replacement.
The prohibition of the use of plastic water bottles, straws or mixing sticks may cause some inconvenience, but it will not cause unnecessary difficulties.
Let\'s be clear: at this point we don\'t even talk about a complete ban on the sale of water or other drinks in plastic bottles --
It\'s in municipal facilities.
Collective action like this forces people to evaluate their habits, which-let’s face it —
Often the result of ignorance or laziness.
Really, how hard is it to put the folded nylon bag at hand or go to the supermarket with reusable bags? (
As the grace period for the plastic bag ban expires on June 5, I still see too many shoppers asking for or being offered plastic bags to buy their goods, so the answer is obviously much more difficult than it should be).
Would it really be that heavy to carry a reusable water container?
Or take your own coffee cup to the cafe?
Relying on bottles and cups for one use should be an exception, not the norm.
If a policy could prompt some people to abandon their destructive tendencies
Even part of the time.
It can still bring about great changes.
When common sense fails, it is what governments should do to prompt human beings to change their behavior.
No matter what kind of ban Montreal is about to pass, efforts must be made to provide municipal tap water at the same time.
This means that there are more water dispensers in public and private facilities, more water replenishment stations in activities that attract crowds, and perhaps police officers who have security concerns with guests carrying their own containers
The federal government may have negotiated the amount of plastic waste we throw away, but cities like Montreal have to take the lead.
After all, cities are fighting first-hand with the consequences of recycling plans that are getting behind the times.
From China closing the doors of the world\'s garbage, to new types of packaging that disrupt the traditional collection process, to people throwing unclean or unexpected materials into the bin, most of what the public expects will be recycled, will eventually be dumped.
These include approximately 0. 7 billion plastic bottles per year in Quebec.
I\'m not going to pretend that tomorrow we can break our fingers and cut all the plastic out of life.
Many of the things we use every day are made of plastic, so they are not completely avoidable.
But we can no longer think that recycling will make up for that or turn a blind eye to the continent --
The monument of brainless consumption rotates in the ocean.
Bags, water bottles, straws and the like are just a drop in the legendary bucket.
But until that plastic bottle
Eating the mutant enzyme that was accidentally discovered proves its vitality and helps every little thing.
Ahanes @ postmedia