We have a chance to dramatically reduce waste in Colorado. And young people in the Centennial State are already on board.
On March 10, CoPIRG, Environment Colorado and other advocacy groups organized the second annual (and first virtual) Plastic Pollution Youth Lobby Day. More than 400 students from across the state lobbied Colorado legislators via Zoom, urging them to support the Plastic Pollution Reduction Act. Among other necessary policies, the legislation will set clear deadlines for restaurants and retailers to phase-out single-use plastics such as polystyrene take-out containers and plastic bags.
"Plastic pollution is the most extant danger facing not only humans, but also the entire Earth — polluting our air, water, food and soil," said student Madhvi Chittoor, age 9. "This bill shows our elected officials' capability and will for bold action to do the right thing and move beyond plastic."
The bill is sponsored by state Reps. Alex Valdez and Lisa Cutter and state Sen. Julie Gonzales.
Watch the lobby day.