Waste Not, Want Not

Why our environmental obsession with plastic bags makes no sense - Vox

Why our environmental obsession with plastic bags makes no sense – Vox.

Plastic bags are certainly harmful to the environment; but we are doing other things that are much worse.

Plastic bags are

 a pretty small percentage of the total amount of plastic we throw away: 31.8 million tons annually. And this total is still smaller than the amount of food waste we throw away — 36.4 million tons per year.

And the most effective thing we can do is not only eliminating waste, its changing what we buy.  Climate change is a much bigger threat to our way of life.

Why our environmental obsession with plastic bags makes no sense - Vox

Banning plastic bags is a start, and it would help decrease some garbage in the great oceanic garbage patches, but

 it would be extremely hard to find a marine biologist willing to argue that garbage patches are more of a threat to ocean ecosystems than acidification.

If we want to avoid catastrophic climate change, we need to reinvent our energy systems and make other big, structural changes. An environmentalism that focuses on personal choices and visible, superficial steps is not one that leads to it.

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