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Look, I’m no fan of plastic bags and like other sane people I seek a tidy environment for us all. But some of the hyperbole in the British media this past week or so has really taken the biscuit – as Margaret Hodge might say. So I welcome the news that the widely stated accusation that the bags kill 100,000 animals and a million seabirds every year is false.They pose only a minimal threat to most marine species, including seals, whales, dolphins and seabirds. Gordon Brown announced last month that he would force supermarkets to charge for the bags, saying that they were “one of the most visible symbols of environmental waste”. Retailers and some pressure groups, including the Campaign to Protect Rural England, threw their support behind him. But scientists, politicians and marine experts attacked the Government for joining a “bandwagon” based on poor science. So, no change there then.

One of the things that does bother me is how some people show no concern whatsoever for the environment by dumping all  KINDS of rubbish at their heels. I’m at my seaside retreat this weekend and when you walk along the beach and see some of the debris that visitors leave, it is profoundly sickening. I think that these are the sorts of things that need address – it must be about encouraging citizenry and that DOES mean thinking before littering. I think people who litter are a menace and perhaps it is the people, not the bags etc, that we must focus on?

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9 thoughts on “A PLASTIC FARCE!

  1. David

    I think the problem with plastic bags is that they are such a visible sign of waste and littering in our society. They stick to hedgerows and trees, sometimes for years. They are made from oil and take hundreds of years to biodegrade in landfill after being used only once.

    When it comes to litter, many people think nothing of throwing empty cartons and plastic bottles out of their car windows. This filthy behaviour is passed on from one generation to the next and the results are visible everywhere.

  2. Peter

    Agree. I have seen these plastic bags stuck in tree branches for many months. And do not like to see them on the street. And can imagine how many of them are clogging drains or ending up in lakes, rivers, oceans.

    I have no comment about the effect on sea life–I don’t know. But I support restrictions on the use of these stupid things.

    When I go to the supermarket, the overly helpful clerk is the one piling on the bags and doubled bags, sometimes against my protestations that it is not necessary to have one large bag for just one loaf of bread (which is already double wrapped in plastic wrapping)

    The extreme environmentalists got ownership of this issue because the rest of us did not.

  3. I agree with you Phantom. At least something is being done, these aere hateful things. (Although carrying reusable bags can be a nuisance sometimes.)

  4. — many people think nothing of throwing empty cartons and plastic bottles out of their car windows.–

    I confront people who do this. Or those who spit on the street.

    Its my street and I want it clean.

  5. Kinda agree with you all on this one, but hope you also all accept the point in the link that exaggeration makes for bad science.

  6. –exaggeration makes for bad science–

    Concur. Which may well indeed be the case here.

    And, not to hijack this thread, but while I support energetic and some might say extreme environmental measures, I think that a lot of the global warming arguments are intentionally exaggerated scaremongering.

  7. Phantom,

    That’s the key point. Surely we ALL care about our planet and we all want to be responsible?

  8. Phantom,

    "I think that a lot of the global warming arguments are intentionally exaggerated scaremongering"

    Why? In the media perhaps. However anyone who looks at the science and isn’t concerned just isn’t paying attention.

    this is IMO a pretty good presentation of the problem with plenty of caveats as to what we know and what we don’t, or here for a direct link to the video. At about 26 mins in it also gets to talking about some solutions.

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